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Att resa i skräckens spår: en studie om fenomenet Dark Tourism
Södertörn University College, School of Business Studies.
Södertörn University College, School of Business Studies.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Dark Tourism is a relatively new concept, but as a phenomenon it has existed for centuries in the form of pilgrimages and gladiator games. The term includes visits to places associated with death and disaster, and has in more recent years become a highlighted tourist niche. This paper addresses the phenomenon of Dark Tourism and the reasons behind a visit to such an attraction. To find out the motive behind people's visits, interviews were conducted with respondents who have previously visited one or more Dark Tourism sites. A total of 32 people were interviewed about what influenced them to go to such a macabre place. Observations were also performed on five Dark Tourism attractions, in order to provide a greater understanding for their attractiveness and appeal.In our research we found that, often, a multiple reasons lay behind the choice to visit a Dark Tourism site. Two of the main reasons stated by the respondents for their visits, were history and education, with the motivation that the abovementioned referees wanted to experience and learn about the past simultaneously. We also found that curiosity for attractions characterized as “different”, was a strong motivation for many of our interviewed.

Abstract [sv]

Dark Tourism är ett relativt nytt begrepp men fenomenet har existerat i århundraden exempelvis i form av pilgrimsfärder och gladiatorspel. Begreppet innefattar besök till platser som kopplas till död och katastrofer, vilket har blivit en turistnich som uppmärksammats mer under de senaste åren. Denna uppsats tar upp fenomenet Dark Tourism och vilka motiven är till att besöka en sådan attraktion.

För att få reda på motivet bakom människors vistelser har intervjuer utförts med respondenter som besökt Dark Tourism områden. Sammanlagt intervjuades 32 personer kring vad som påverkat dem att åka till en sådan makaber plats. Observationer har även utförts på fem Dark Tourism attraktioner för att ge en större förståelse kring deras dragningskrafter.  

 I arbetet fann vi att det ofta fanns flera motiv till ett besök på en Dark Tourism plats. Historia och utbildning var ett av de främsta skälen till besöken då de ville uppleva och få kunskap om det förgångna.

Vidare framkom det att nyfikenhet av att besöka en annorlunda attraktion för många utgjorde ett starkt motiv till deras besök.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 43 p.
Keyword [sv]
Dark Tourism, turist motiv, attraktioner
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-11078OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-11078DiVA: diva2:437500
Subject / course
Tourism Studies
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2011-08-30 Created: 2011-08-29 Last updated: 2011-08-30Bibliographically approved

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