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The Palgrave Handbook of Dark Tourism Studies

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  • © 2018


  • Presents the first holistic academic study of dark tourism
  • Authored by an international selection of world-leading experts, established academics, emerging scholars and new academics
  • Combines empirical case studies with ‘real-world’ viewpoints from the tourism industry and the media

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 This handbook is the definitive reference text for the study of ‘dark tourism’, the contemporary commodification of death within international visitor economies. Shining a light on dark tourism and visitor sites of death or disaster allows us to better understand issues of global tourism mobilities, tourist experiences, the co-creation of touristic meaning, and ‘difficult heritage’ processes and practices.

Adopting multidisciplinary perspectives from authors representing every continent, the book combines ‘real-world’ viewpoints from both industry and the media with conceptual underpinning, and offers comprehensive and grounded perspectives of ‘heritage that hurts’. The handbook adopts a progressive and thematic approach, including critical accounts of dark tourism history, dark tourism philosophy and theory, dark tourism in society and culture, dark tourism and heritage landscapes, the ‘dark tourist’ experience, and the business of dark tourism. 

The PalgraveHandbook of Dark Tourism Studies will appeal to students and scholars with an interest in aspects of memorialisation and morality in sociology, death studies, history, geography, cultural studies, philosophy, psychology, business management, museology and heritage tourism studies, politics, religious studies, and anthropology.   

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Table of contents (31 chapters)

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“Readers will find this book extremely useful for thinking about the concept, its meaning, and how it may be used to expand human understanding. The Palgrave Handbook of Dark Tourism Studies hits the sweet spot between accessibility and scholarly sophistication and balances the specific with the general and theoretical. … this handbook is essential, provocative, inspiring, and representative of the best and most experienced minds in the field.” (Kathryn N. McDaniel, Journal of Tourism History, March, 1, 2019)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Central Lancashire, Preston, United Kingdom

    Philip R. Stone, Richard Sharpley

  • University of Colorado Denver, Denver, USA

    Rudi Hartmann

  • University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

    Tony Seaton

  • Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

    Leanne White

About the editors

Philip R. Stone is Executive Director, Institute for Dark Tourism Research, University of Central Lancashire, UK.

Rudi Hartmann is Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver, USA.

Tony Seaton is MacAnally Professor of Tourism Behaviour and Travel History, University of Limerick, Republic of Ireland and Emeritus Professor of Tourism Behaviour, University of Bedfordshire, UK.

Richard Sharpley is Professor of Tourism & Development, University of Central Lancashire, UK.

Leanne White is Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Victoria University, Australia.

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