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Dark Tourism in the American West

Editors: Dawes, Jennifer (Ed.)

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  • Bridges scholarship of western literature and culture with Tourism Studies, Sociology, and Ethnography and Anthropology
  • Provides the first focused exploration of dark tourism in the American West
  • Valuable for those interested in the American West as a geographic and imagined space
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This edited collection expands scholarly and popular conversations about dark tourism in the American West. The phenomenon of dark tourism—traveling to sites of death, suffering, and disaster for entertainment or educational purposes—has been described and, on occasion, criticized for transforming misfortune and catastrophe into commodity. The impulse, however, continues, particularly in the American West: a liminal and contested space that resonates with stories of tragedy, violent conflict, and disaster. Contributions here specifically examine the mediation and shaping of these spaces into touristic destinations. The essays examine Western sites of massacre and battle (such as Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site and the “Waco Siege”), sites of imprisonment (such as Japanese-American internment camps and Alcatraz Island), areas devastated by ecological disaster (such as Martin’s Cove and the Salton Sea), and unmediated sites (those sites left to the touristic imagination, with no interpretation of what occurred there, such as the Bennet-Arcane camp).

About the authors

Jennifer Dawes is Chair of the Department of English, Humanities, and Philosophy at Midwestern State University, USA. Her previous scholarly work includes essays on cannibalism in film and authenticity in western literature as well as the book Across the Plains: Sarah Royce’s Western Narrative.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction: Dark Tourism in the American West

    Pages 1-10

    Dawes, Jennifer

  • Interpretation and Memorialization at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

    Pages 13-39

    Spencer, Andrew

  • Revisiting Waco and the Branch Davidian Tragedy

    Pages 41-65

    Dawes, Jennifer

  • East by Northwest: Preserving Pacific War Memory at Hanford and Minidoka

    Pages 69-89

    Streamas, John

  • Contests over the Carceral Landscape: Space, Place, and Artifacts at the Manzanar National Historic Site

    Pages 91-112

    Serdiukov, Stepan

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-21190-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-21189-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dark Tourism in the American West
Editors
  • Jennifer Dawes
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-21190-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-21190-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-21189-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 214
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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