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Dark Tourism and Rural Crime

Crime and Punishment in Rural Australia

By Jenny Wise

Published

Oct 8, 2024

Page count

200 pages

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Research in Rural Crime

ISBN

978-1529219258

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Oct 8, 2024

Page count

200 pages

Browse the series

Research in Rural Crime

ISBN

978-1529219265

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Oct 8, 2024

Page count

200 pages

Browse the series

Research in Rural Crime

ISBN

978-1529219265

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Dark Tourism and Rural Crime

Bringing a unique rural lens to the analysis of dark tourism in Australia, this book covers a range of sites including convict museums, sites of serial killings and colonial violence, ghost tours and the emerging tourism of bushfire sites.

While some rural communities develop a ‘dark tourism strategy’ to maintain economic viability, others may distance themselves from what they perceive to be unethical tourism practices. Jenny Wise examines the roles geographical locations play in dark tourist sites, and how their histories are portrayed, considering how the concept of the rural idyll or dystopia plays a part in Australia’s national identity.

“Spanning sociology and history, Jenny Wise adopts a critical perspective, assessing how memorialization and hegemonic narratives reinforce dominant social institutions. This book contributes greatly to studies of dark tourism and carceral tourism, and should be read widely.” Kevin Walby, University of Winnipeg

"A provocative but well-grounded study of dark tourism and its associations with Australian rurality. This book provides a post-disciplinary lens to scrutinize perils and possibilities of difficult heritage within visitor economies, as well as exposing fractures between a countryside idyll and rural dystopia." Philip R. Stone, University of Central Lancashire

“An insightful exploration of dark tourism’s intersection with rural criminology, examining the subject’s complex layers with compelling case studies, revealing a nuanced understanding of its cultural impact and socioeconomic potential.” Kyle Mulrooney, University of New England

Jenny Wise is Associate Professor in Criminology at the University of New England, Australia.

1. Introduction

Part 1: Australia’s Colonial Tourism Destinations

2. Colonial Violence

3. Convict Tourism

4. Bushrangers

Part 2: Tourism Sites of Recent Controversy

5. Carceral Tourism

6. Serial Killers and Sensational Crimes

7. Ghost and Crime Tours, Deadly Towns and Disaster Tourism

8. Conclusion