Tourism & death

Stephen Pratt, Denis Tolkach, Ksenia Kirillova

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Abstract

Although death is an inevitable part of life, tourism scholarship has not comprehensibly engaged with this concept. Death-related tourism literature has focused disproportionally on places and experiences of dark tourism, leaving a vast array of other dying-related tourism discourses at the periphery. Drawing on anthropological and existential conceptualisations of death, we develop an all-encompassing theoretical framework comprised of four dimensions: Perspective, Intention, Number, and Involvement. Supported by existing studies, mass media reports, and other secondary data, we demonstrate that the interplay between death and tourism is complex and involves a range of events, tourists' behaviors and experiences. The conclusion proposes future research directions at the intersection of death and tourism.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102758
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Volume78
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

Keywords

  • Anthropology of death
  • Dark tourism
  • Death
  • Dying
  • Existentialism
  • Suicide tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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