Dark Tourism

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Cengage Learning EMEA, 2000 - Business & Economics - 184 pages
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This book sets out to explore a dark tourisma ; that is, the representation of inhuman acts, and how these are interpreted for visitors at a number of places throughout the world, for example the sites of concentration camps in both Western and Eastern Europe. Many people wish to experience the reality behind the media images, or are prompted to find out more by a personal association with places or events. The phenomenon raises ethical issues over the status and nature of objects, the extent of their interpretation, the appropriate political and managerial response and the nature of the experience as perceived by the visitor, their residents and local residents. Events, sites, types of visit and a hosta reactions are considered in order to construct the parameters of the concept of a dark tourisma . Many acts of inhumanity are celebrated as heritage sites in Britain (for example, the Tower of London, Edinburgh Castle), and the Berlin Wall has become a significant attraction despite claiming many victims.
 

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Contents

Intimations of Dark Tourism
1
Instances of Dark Tourism
13
The Third Reich and the Final Solution
27
The Death Camps of Poland
46
Covering History The Interpretation of the Channel Islands Occupation 193945
66
The Death Site of a President
77
War Sites of the First and Second World Wars
99
North Cyprus Disappointing Performance with Dark Edges
129
Dislocation The US Holocaust Memorial Museum
145
The Future of Dark Tourism From the Final Solution to the End of History
162
Bibliography
170
Index
180
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John Lennon is senior lecturer at the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development, Glasgow Caledonian University.

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