Social Representations of War Tourism: A Case of Ukraine

Nigel, L. Williams, Philipp Wassler, Giancarlo Fedeli

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War tourism is a scarcely researched topic, although the presence of spectators in war zones is attested throughout history. In addition to visiting sites of past conflict, “hot” war tourism in active war zones is on the rise. This study looks at how “war tourism” is represented within an online community of (aspiring) war tourists, taking the case of the recent conflict in Ukraine. Social Representations Theory is applied through a Topic Modeling Approach for this purpose. Findings show that war tourism is represented through “hot war travel,” “combat volunteering,” “non-combat volunteering,” and “virtual war travel.” This suggests a complicated relationship between war tourism, volunteering, and voyeurism in a new form of “hybrid war tourism” in online and offline realms. Future research should aim at a deeper understanding of these concepts and the complex links between them. © The Author(s) 2023.
Seiten (von - bis)926-932
FachzeitschriftJournal of Travel Research
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Apr. 2023


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