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In the Wild Land in Search of a Story: Dark Tourism

  • Oriana Binik
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Abstract

This chapter is based on 16 interviews with dark tourists and my own dark tourism experience in Venice. The first dimension of the sublime is experienced by tourists in two ways: through contact with death and with something perceived as real and authentic. There are two feeling rules: (1) a considerable amount of time must have passed since the crime occurred and (2) tourists must be genuinely interested in the crime’s ‘narrative’. When these rules are broken, tourists get a guilty transgression high. Dark tourism is commodified by tour organisers by means of case selection and ongoing attempts to generate a scary (but not too scary) crime narrative. Do these emotions create social bonds? It emerges that dark tourists feel part of history and in certain cases, they want to be part of a struggle to affirm their values.

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  • Oriana Binik
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  1. 1.University of Milano-BicoccaMilanItaly

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