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‘Psychoanalysing’ tourism book
Affective tourism proposes psychoanalysis as a potential route to explore tourism experiences in areas of ongoing socio-political turmoil. More recently, drawing on psychoanalytic sociology, Sigmund Freudian and Jungian concepts of the instincts of sex, aggression and the Superego are proposed in tourism research to explore deviant tourist behaviour. Jacques Lacan offers a different interpretation of the death drive as one not rooted in biology and threatening the biological organism, but being 'the inertia of jouissance which makes a person's love of his or her symptoms greater than any desire to change them'. Psychoanalytic theories on the death drive offer exciting avenues to examine affective tourism performances in areas of dangerous, ongoing political conflict. Language is entwined with traditions, rituals, customs, rules, laws and the like existent in cultural, social, political and economic systems, which form the collective symbolic register. To individual subjects, the Symbolic manifests in and through mediation of these socio-linguistic processes.