Thanatourism in the early 21st century: moral panics, ulterior motives and alterior desires

John J. Lennon, A. V. Seaton

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This chapter sketches out an overview of thanatourism's progress in the UK and the USA including its academic development, the moral panic that has surrounded it in the media, the debate about its motivations, its political and ideological effects, and its future, including the question as to whether it can properly be categorized as a single entity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Horizons in Tourism: Strange Experiences and Stranger Practices
EditorsT. V. Singh
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9780851998633
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2004


  • dark tourism
  • ethics
  • thanatourism
  • tourism theory
  • moral panics

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