Desiring the dark: 'a taste for the unusual' in North Korean tourism?

Dorina Maria Buda*, David Shim

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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    Desire is a continuous force, fundamentally eccentric and insatiable, yet insufficiently explored in tourism studies. To examine desire in tourism to 'unusual' places of darkness and danger we propose four interpretations of this psychoanalytic concept: desire as recognition, 'object' cause of desire, desire for novelty, and desire for fantasy. Initial empirical evidence drawn from analysing online mass-media accounts of tourists in North Korea suggests that tourists access desire when travelling to such a country portrayed as one of the most reclusive, dangerous and feared in the world.

    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)1-6
    Aantal pagina's6
    TijdschriftCurrent Issues in Tourism
    Nummer van het tijdschrift1
    StatusPublished - 2-jan-2015

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