The Daily Volcano Quote: ethical problems in volcano tourism 14 June 2011Posted by admin in daily volcano quote.
Viewing volcano tourism through a dark spectrum lens raises some interesting ethical questions. For example, how soon after a major eruption is it acceptable to put on display the remnants of a disaster that has caused loss of life? In the case of Pompeii, several millennia have passed since the deaths of the town’s inhabitants and any ethical or moral outrage at treating those deaths as spectacle has passed by. Similar behaviour at the site of a very recent disaster would be considered ghoulish at best, but would attract some tourists.
N. Petford, J. Fletcher & Y. Morakabati, ‘On the economics and social typology of volcano tourism with special reference to Montserrat, West Indies’, in Patricia Erfurt-Cooper & Malcolm Cooper (eds.), Volcano and Geothermal Tourism: Sustainable Geo-resources for Leisure and Recreation (London: Earthscan, 2010), p. 92.
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