Liminality is not typically associated with tourism, even though it can be viewed as an intrinsic element of the social/cultural experiences of tourism. Liminality in Tourism: Spatial and Temporal Considerations aims to build upon the tradition of liminality as expounded in social and anthropological disciplines, elaborating on the theoretical principles and concepts found within certain aspects of the tourist journey and tourist product. The emergence of post-modern society has impelled a change in the tourist gaze towards a more experiential and adventuresome globalised experience. An important aspect of the tourist phenomenon of liminality is where a transformative experience is triggered by entering a liminoid tourist space, leaving the tourist permanently psychologically transformed, before returning to normalised society.

The narrative provides a new perspective on the tourist experience with a provocative examination into the multidimensional aspects of tourism, by exploring tourism within the spatial and temporal aspects of liminal landscapes. Covid-19 has further changed the rubric of tourism. Until the current pandemic, tourism has basically been a fun experience. In a post pandemic world, however, the tourist is now facing an unknown future which will almost certainly affect tourism liminality.

This book presents the reader with a wealth of examples and case studies closely illustrating the association between tourism and liminal experiences. The geographical perspectives explore the more subconscious outcomes of destination and tourist product consumption. The book should be a useful reader to tourism geography where the theory of liminality can be synthesized into tourist experiences.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal Tourism Geographies.

chapter |10 pages

Spatial and temporal tourism considerations in liminal landscapes

ByRobert S. Bristow, Ian S. Jenkins

chapter |21 pages

The liminality in popular festivals: identity, belonging and hedonism as values of tourist satisfaction

ByLorena Rodríguez-Campo, Fátima Braña-Rey, Elisa Alén-González, José Antonio Fraiz-Brea

chapter |25 pages

Dark tourism and moral disengagement in liminal spaces

ByNitasha Sharma
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chapter |21 pages

Liminality and difficult heritage in tourism

ByVelvet Nelson

chapter |19 pages

Communitas in fright tourism

ByRobert S. Bristow

chapter |16 pages

Between space and place in mountaineering: navigating risk, death, and power

ByMaggie C. Miller, Heather Mair

chapter |22 pages

Change within the change: pregnancy, liminality and adventure tourism in Mexico

ByIsis Arlene Díaz-Carrión, Paola Vizcaino-Suárez, Hugo Gaggiotti

chapter |21 pages

Liminality at-sea: cruises to nowhere and their metaworlds

ByBradley Rink

chapter |20 pages

Liminality in nature-based tourism experiences as mediated through social media

ByEugenio Conti, Susanna Heldt Cassel
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chapter |21 pages

Liminality Wanted. Liminal landscapes and literary spaces: The Way of St. James

ByRubén C. Lois González, Lucrezia Lopez