This book brings together, explores and expands socio-spatial affect, emotion and psychoanalytic drives in tourism for the first time. Affect is to be found in visceral intensities and resonances that circulate around and shape encounters between and amongst tourists, local tourism representatives and places. When affect manifests, it can ‘take shapes’ in the form of emotions such as fun, joy, fear, anger and the like. When it remains a visceral force of latent bodily responses, affect overlaps with drives as expounded in psychoanalysis. The aim of the title, therefore, is to explore how and in what ways affects, emotions and drives are felt and performed in tourism encounters in places of socio-political turmoil such as Jordan, Palestine/Israel, with a detour to Iraq.

Affective Tourism  is highly innovative as it offers a new way of theorising tourism encounters bringing together, critically examining and expanding three areas of scholarship: affective and emotional geographies, psychoanalytic geographies and dark tourism. It has relevance for tourism industries in places in the proximity of ongoing conflicts as it provides in-depth analyses of the interconnections between tourism, danger and conflict. Such understandings can lead to more socio-culturally and politically-sustainable approaches to planning, development and management of tourism.

This ground breaking book will be of valuable reading for students and researchers from a number of fields such as tourism studies, geography, anthropology, sociology and Middle Eastern studies.

part I|17 pages

Packing and setting forth

chapter 1|16 pages

Packing light, feeling down

part II|34 pages


chapter 2|11 pages

Touring affect

chapter 3|9 pages

‘Psychoanalysing’ tourism

chapter 4|12 pages

Routes in dark tourism

part III|99 pages


chapter 5|12 pages

Locating the ‘Middle East’

chapter 7|28 pages

Crossing into the West Bank

It’s all political and emotional in Israel/Palestine

chapter 8|21 pages

‘Between a rock and a hard place’

A brief detour to Iraq

part IV|10 pages


chapter 9|9 pages