Around Jordan – Switzerland of the Middle East?
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This chapter focuses on affective tourism in Jordan, as a country in the proximity of areas of ongoing conflict. It argues that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as other conflicts, which happen near Jordan's borders, are extricated through a complex apparatus that sanitises Jordan of the danger in the conflicts. The chapter seeks to theorise affective tourism in conflict zones of potential or imagined danger and understand the ways it exists in Jordan and the relation between tourism, conflict and danger, as well as its affective and emotional performances. It talks about two main threads. The first thread is the sanitation process. The second thread weaves emotional and affective geographies of danger-zone tourist subjectivities. The chapter discusses the psychoanalytical concept of castration which is not only useful to explain the ambiguity in 'Middle Eastern peace', but also to explore, understand and eventually address issues of national and regional identities, fears and anxieties.