Kazakhstan Gulag heritage: dark tourism and selective interpretation

Justin John Lennon*, Guillaume Tiberghien

*Corresponding author for this work

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Kazakhstan holds some of the most significant Gulag heritage sites; however, tourism research remains limited. This article introduces analysis of contrasting sites and considers how some have been developed and others ignored. Selectivity in interpretation is linked to societal amnesia and the collective trauma experienced
by the population of Kazakhstan. The article reaffirms the politicization of heritage in this emergent nation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-374
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number3
Early online date8 Dec 2019
Publication statusPublished - May 2020


  • Gulag tourism
  • heritage
  • Kazakhstan
  • selective interpretation
  • societal amnesia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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