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Travelling to places where death or tragedy has taken place is dubbed dark tourism.
Early examples of dark tourism, or thanatourism, are medieval public executions or pilgrimages to cemeteries and battlefields. More recent examples include narco-tourism in Colombia and Mexico, nuclear tourism in Chernobyl and Fukushima, and shooting ranges in Phnom Penh.
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There is a difference between tourism and visiting a place to pay respect. People feel the need to mark sites of tragedy out of respect and to gather there together.
Dark tourists have a curious mixing of mourning, pilgrimage, paying respect and morbid curiosity. However, ...
Philosopher Damon Young believes dark tourism takes us out of our ordinary and mundane lives. One can feel a thrill about death, but only if you are safe. Tourists might get physical proximity to disaster sites but are protected from the place's real trauma....
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In a world that is thought to be black and white, where the good is desirable and the bad is looked down upon, each one of us has a dark side, which according to conventional wisdom, is to be shunned or discarded.
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While early adoption was limited by technical difficulties and legal gray areas, the increasing number of uses and public awareness has increased demand. The number of places accepting them has spiked in recent years and is likely to increase alongside institutional acceptance of...
To understand why people show regular patterns of socially aversive behavior, and which individuals are more likely to do so, personality psychology has particularly focused on aversive (or so-called “dark”) personality traits in recent years.
The Dark Factor of Personality (D) is the gen...
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