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Visiting the trenches: Exploring meanings and motivations in battlefield tourism

Dunkley, Ria Ann, Morgan, Nigel and Westwood, Sheena 2011. Visiting the trenches: Exploring meanings and motivations in battlefield tourism. Tourism Management 32 (4) , pp. 860-868. 10.1016/j.tourman.2010.07.011

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This paper provides insights into the motivations and experiences of tourists who visit sites associated with war and conflict, specifically 25 individuals who participated in a tour of the World War One battlefields of the Somme and Ypres. The paper discusses the narratives of four of these individuals to illustrate in detail how such battlefield tours offer opportunities for pilgrimage, collective and personal remembrance and event validation. All of the participants had a prior interest in warfare, which was a key influence on their battlefield tour experiences. For the study participants battlefield tours emerge as complex, deeply meaningful and in some cases life-changing experiences.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS)
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Uncontrolled Keywords: Battlefield and warfare tourism; Thanatourism; Dark tourism; Tourist motivations and experiences
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0261-5177
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:17

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