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Paul Harvey and Marie T. Dasborough

Talking about schadenfreude feelings can have effects that differ from the intended social functions of the emotion. In this chapter, we contend that schadenfreude is a complex emotion with both positive and negative valence. As such, socially sharing the emotion can have upsides as well as downsides, depending on how it is perceived by others. We illustrate this point by highlighting the benefits of sharing schadenfreude, as well as the negative perceptions that may form regarding the person expressing the schadenfreude. We propose that schadenfreude can play important social functional roles and that talking about it provides valuable information for observers. A number of situational and individual factors––which are not well understood––appear to help determine if the person expressing the schadenfreude is viewed positively or negatively by others. We conclude our chapter with a discussion of practical advice for individuals, as well as directions for future research.

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Harvey Lemelin and Paul Whipp

By featuring various works on last chance tourism, the authors depict the evolution of last chance tourism from 2010 to 2018. These two time periods have been selected because 2010-2014 represents the early years of last chance tourism, while 2015 to 2018 represents the evolution and subsequent diversification of last chance tourism from the polar norths to other areas of the globe, throughout the decade. The conclusion suggest that although studies on last chance tourism have evolved, the original tensions between the promotion of this particular activity, and the subsequent benefits derived from this type of tourism, continue.