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Title   Death Tourism : Disaster Sites as Recreational Landscape 

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Author   SION Brigitte  ISBN   9780857421074  Add to shopping cart   
Publisher   Seagull Books  Group   Commerce/Law View shopping cart
Binding   Paperback Category   Tourism  Terms and conditions
Edition   1 Type   Go back
Publication Year   2014 
Subject   Sociology: sport & leisure 
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Synopsis Auschwitz. Hiroshima. Cambodia’s killing fields. The World Trade Center. The mass graves of Rwanda. These places of violent death have become part of the landscape of tourism, an industry that is otherwise dedicated to pleasure and escape. In dark places like concentration camps, prisons, battlegrounds, and the sites of natural disasters, how are memory and trauma mediated by this thanatourism, or tourism of death?

In Death Tourism, Brigitte Sion brings together essays by some of the most trenchant voices in the field to look at the tensions created by the juxtaposition of human remains and food stands, political agendas and educational programs, economic development and architectural ambition. How does a state redefine its national identity after catastrophic trauma? And what is the role of this kind of tourism in defining their new identity? A timely volume on an irresistible subject, this inquiry exposes the intersection of leisure with the inhumane, giving insight into how people respectfully share a public space that is both free and sacred, compelling and tragic.

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