Dark tourism is the practice of visiting sites associated with death and disaster. Participation is increasing, yet the machinations behind dark tourism remain shrouded in mystery, and intentionally so. This book, a companion to I Am The Dark Tourist Travels to the Darkest Sites on Earth, explores the seductive premise of ‘transformation’ that dark tourism offers: that visiting memorials to past tragedy will ultimately lead us to become better versions of ourselves.
Championed by enthusiastic governments — notably in the UK — ‘must have’ memorialisation provides an opportunity to engage the public with contrived grief from the past to be replaced by establishment neglect in the future.
From the waters of Loch Ness to the chaos of Mexico’s Dia de Muertos, H.E. Sawyer considers the questions feared by state-sponsored dark tourism, and poses one of his own:
“Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”
Foreword, Dr Rachel Ironside
1. The Loch
2. The Tour
3. Shadow Places
5. Highgate & Brookwood
6. Edward Colston, Frankenstein’s Monster
7. The Omnishambles
9. Dia de Muertos
11. The White Elephant
Acknowledgements / Sources / Index
- I Am The Dark Tourist is H.E. Sawyer’s travel persona;
- Provides an original take on the ‘dark tourism’ industry;
- The ﬁrst book in the series was critically acclaimed;
- Dark tourism continues to grow and gain mainstream media recognition;
- The previous book has been listed on WorldCat in over 500 university
- There is a growing number of dark tourism courses in universities;
- Taps into the appetite for the on-going Statue Wars with the Colson controversy;
- Previous volume has 4.8 out of 5 stars/21 ratings on Amazon UK and 4.8 out of 5 stars/22 ratings on Amazon US
Students, academics, curators and practitioners within social studies and tourism with an emphasis on dark tourism, diﬃcult heritage, memorialisation and the Holocaust. Its tone also favours armchair travellers, seasoned explorers, and critical thinkers.
Title: I AM THE DARK TOURIST
Subtitle: Messenger of Remembrance
Author: H.E. Sawyer
Street Date: November 2, 2023
Category: Travel / Social Studies
Retail Price: UK £17.99 / US $31.95
Size: 229mm x 152mm
Illos: 62 b&w photos + 8 colour plates
As the trade paperback, except the special hardback edition is on higher quality paper.
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