2001 Sean Gillen. All rights reserved. No part of this text may be reprinted or reproduced or utilized in any form by any electronic, mechanical or other means, now known or hereafter invented, including photocopying and recording, or in any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the author.

This work was completed in part-fulfilment of an MA Tourism and Leisure. Lancaster University, UK 2000ó1, and is reproduced here strictly for scholarly purposes.

Abstract and Introduction

Chapter One: Considering the social significance of emotion  

1.1: The control of emotional expression

1.2: Themes and trends in emotional experience: consumption, commodification and the pursuit of pleasure.


Chapter two: Researching emotion in the tourist place  

2.1: Thinking about emotion

2.2: The affective significance of the tourist place

2.3: Emotional discourse and the mediation of experience

2.4: Gaining insight into the touristís experience

2.5: An observing participant

2.6: The situated observer and self observation

2.7: Engaging with the tourist


Chapter Three: The emotional roller coasters of Blackpool Pleasure Beach: whatís the attraction?  

3.1: Introduction

3.2: The emotional discourse of fear and fatality

3.3: Vision, fear and emotional distancing

3.4: Self image, status and emotional performance

3.5: Fear and bodily pleasure

3.6: Summary


Chapter 4: Sacred sights, pseudo-saints and the troubled tourist: presenting the Beatles.

4.1: Introduction

4.2: The sanctification of the Beatles

4.3: Interpreting touristsí experiences

4.4: Summary



Appendix 1: Transcript of interviews from Blackpool Pleasure Beach and introspective exercise.  

Appendix 2: Transcript of interviews from The Beatles Story Exhibition