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A shot in the dark? Developing a new conceptual framework for thanatourism

Dunkley, Ria Ann ORCID:, Morgan, Nigel and Westwood, Sheena 2007. A shot in the dark? Developing a new conceptual framework for thanatourism. Asian Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research 1 (1) , pp. 54-63.

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Whilst tourists’ fascination with visiting sites associated with death and human tragedy has received considerable academic and media attention, the scholarly literature on so-called ‘dark’ or thanatourism remains fragmented. Thus, this paper synthesises the extant literature and discusses the differing definitions of thanatourism, particularly highlighting the key differences between the terms dark tourism and thanatourism. The paper’s substantive contribution to the field, however, is its development and presentation of a conceptual framework of thanatourism which attempts to bring greater coherence to this fascinating but diverse area of tourism inquiry.

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: Thanatourism, dark tourism, typology, conceptual framework, definitions
ISSN: 1908-8388
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:19

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