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Risk and Tourism in Comtemporary Society: The Case of Dark Tourism

  • Journal of Tourism Sciences
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2010, 34(9), pp.11-31
  • Publisher : The Tourism Sciences Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Social Science > Tourism

SukYoungHan 1 Kwang-Eik Cho 2

1세종사이버대학교
2대구가톨릭대학교

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ABSTRACT

Tourists’ interest in death, disaster and atrocity places, so called dark tourism, is a growing phenomenon in contemporary risk society. This study was to explore socio-cultural background of the dark tourism in contemporary risk society and classify the types of dark tourism. Review of related literature showed that the term of ‘dark tourism’ was first coined by Foley & Lennon (1996a) in a special issue of the international Journal of Heritage Studies and, subsequently, it became the title of a book. Literature review also suggested that dark tourism posit questions or introduce anxiety and doubt about modernity and that it was affected by mass communication media. Based on Sharpley(2005), four different types of dark tourism(i.e., pale tourism, grey tourism supply, grey tourism demand, black tourism) were also presented. Finally, future research direction on dark tourism were discussed.

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