© 2018

The Palgrave Handbook of Dark Tourism Studies

  • Philip R. Stone
  • Rudi Hartmann
  • Tony Seaton
  • Richard Sharpley
  • Leanne White

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxv
  2. Section 1

  3. Section 2

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-155
    2. Erik Cohen
      Pages 157-171
    3. Jeffrey S. Podoshen
      Pages 173-187
    4. Richard Morten, Philip R. Stone, David Jarratt
      Pages 227-255
  4. Section 3

  5. Section 4

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 377-380

About this book


 This handbook is the definitive reference text for the study of ‘dark tourism’, the contemporary commodification of death within international visitor economies. Shining a light on dark tourism and visitor sites of death or disaster allows us to better understand issues of global tourism mobilities, tourist experiences, the co-creation of touristic meaning, and ‘difficult heritage’ processes and practices.

Adopting multidisciplinary perspectives from authors representing every continent, the book combines ‘real-world’ viewpoints from both industry and the media with conceptual underpinning, and offers comprehensive and grounded perspectives of ‘heritage that hurts’. The handbook adopts a progressive and thematic approach, including critical accounts of dark tourism history, dark tourism philosophy and theory, dark tourism in society and culture, dark tourism and heritage landscapes, the ‘dark tourist’ experience, and the business of dark tourism. 

The Palgrave Handbook of Dark Tourism Studies will appeal to students and scholars with an interest in aspects of memorialisation and morality in sociology, death studies, history, geography, cultural studies, philosophy, psychology, business management, museology and heritage tourism studies, politics, religious studies, and anthropology.   


Dark Tourism Death and the Tourist Re-Animation of the Disaster Location Thanatourism Disaster Tourism Politics of Dark Tourism

Editors and affiliations

  • Philip R. Stone
    • 1
  • Rudi Hartmann
    • 2
  • Tony Seaton
    • 3
  • Richard Sharpley
    • 4
  • Leanne White
    • 5
  1. 1.University of Central LancashirePrestonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of Colorado DenverDenverUSA
  3. 3.University of LimerickLimerickIreland
  4. 4.University of Central LancashirePrestonUnited Kingdom
  5. 5.Victoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia

About the editors

Philip R. Stone is Executive Director, Institute for Dark Tourism Research, University of Central Lancashire, UK.

Rudi Hartmann is Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver, USA.

Tony Seaton is MacAnally Professor of Tourism Behaviour and Travel History, University of Limerick, Republic of Ireland and Emeritus Professor of Tourism Behaviour, University of Bedfordshire, UK.

Richard Sharpley is Professor of Tourism & Development, University of Central Lancashire, UK.

Leanne White is Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Victoria University, Australia.

Bibliographic information


“Readers will find this book extremely useful for thinking about the concept, its meaning, and how it may be used to expand human understanding. The Palgrave Handbook of Dark Tourism Studies hits the sweet spot between accessibility and scholarly sophistication and balances the specific with the general and theoretical. … this handbook is essential, provocative, inspiring, and representative of the best and most experienced minds in the field.” (Kathryn N. McDaniel, Journal of Tourism History, March, 1, 2019)