Walking the Falls: Dark tourism and the significance of movement on the political tour of West Belfast

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Abstract

This article uses the personalised political tour of the Falls Road as a case study with which to unpack the debate on political tourism in Northern Ireland. It shows how significant the walking mode of tourist transport is to the tourist experience and how integrated and effective it is in the context of explaining the Troubles and extending the Republican ideology. Within this contentious narrative of movement, the tour guide develops an ambivalence that intrigues, repulses and propels the tourist through the tour.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-39
JournalTOURIST STUDIES
Volume16
Issue number1
Early online date1 Jun 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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