"The strongest overview I have encountered of the scope and the current state of research across all the fields involved in advancing our understanding of tourism. For its range of topics, depth of analyses, and distinction of its contributors, nothing is comparable."
- Professor Dean MacCannell, University of California, Davis
"The breadth of vision and sweep of accounts is remarkable, and range of topics laudable... a rare combination of the authoritative, the challenging and stimulating."
- Professor Mike Crang, Durham University
Tourism studies developed as a sub-branch of older disciplines in the social sciences, such as anthropology, sociology and economics, and newer applied fields of study in hospitality management, civil rights and transport studies.
This Handbook is a sign of the maturity of the field. It provides an essential resource for teachers and students to determine the roots, key issues and agenda of tourism studies, exploring:
The evolution and position of tourism studies
The relationship of tourism to culture
The ecology and economics of tourism
Special events and destination management
Methodologies of study
Tourism and transport
Tourism and heritage
Tourism and postcolonialism
Global tourist business operations
Ranging from local to global issues, and from questions of management to the ethical dilemmas of tourism, this is a comprehensive, critically informed, constructively organized overview of the field. It draws together an inter-disciplinary group of contributors who are among the most celebrated names in the field and will be quickly recognized as a landmark in the new and expanding field of tourism studies.
I am Director of the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage - a major inter-disciplinary research and graduate Institute working with the World Heritage Site and associated museums of Ironbridge. My interests lie in how we produce and consume categories of heritage within changing cultural and cross-cultural contexts. I am particularly interested in how tourists experience the past and how tourism works with heritage to shape identities at the individual and collective level.
Introduction: The Evolution and Contemporary Positioning of Tourism as a Focus of Study - Tazim Jamal and Mike Robinson PART ONE: APPROACHES TO TOURISM STUDIES Tourism and Hospitality - David Bell Anthropological Interventions in Tourism Studies - Naomi Leite and Nelson Graburn The Sociology of Tourism - Adrian Franklin The Diverse Dynamics of Cultural Studies and Tourism - David Crouch Tourism, Popular Culture and the Media - Philip Long and Mike Robinson Histories of Tourism - John K. Walton Tourism Geographies: A Review of Trends, Challenges and Opportunities - Sanjay K. Nepal Development Studies and Tourism - David J. Telfer Economics of International Tourism - John Fletcher Power, Politics and Political Science: The Politicization of Tourism - Linda K. Richter Tourism and Natural Resources - Andrew Holden Tourism: A Strategic Business Perspective - Nigel Evans PART TWO: KEY TOPICS IN TOURISM Tourism, Religion and Spirituality - Richard Sharpley Breaking down the System: How Volunteer Tourism Contributes to New Ways of Viewing Commodified Tourism - Stephen Wearing and Jess Ponting Theme Parks and the Representation of Culture and Nature: The Consumer Aesthetics of Presentation and Performance - Keith Hollinshead Architecture and Urban Planning: Practical and Theoretical Contributions - Robert Mugerauer Jr Tourism and Heritage Conservation - Aylin Orbasli and Simon Woodward The Challenges and Prospects for Sustainable Tourism and Ecotourism in Developing Countries - Joseph E. Mbaiwa and Amanda L. Stronza Rural Tourism: An Overview - Bernard Lane Transportation and Tourism: A Symbiotic Relationship? - Stephen Page and Yue (Gurt) Ge Innovative Approaches for Managing Conservation and Use Challenges in the National Parks: Insights from Canada - Kathleen Rettie, A.P. Clevenger and Adam Ford Planning for Tourism at Local and Regional Levels: Principles, Practices and Possibilities - Brian King and Michael Pearlman Destination Marketing Organizations: Convention and Visitors Bureaus - Robert C. Ford and William C. Peeper Destination Management: New Challenges, New Needs - Richard Harrill Tourism Safety and Security - Peter E Tarlow PART THREE: CRITICAL ISSUES AND EMERGING PERSPECTIVES Festivals, Events and Tourism - Bernadette Quinn Tourism as Post-Colonialism - Hazel Tucker and John Akama Thanatourism and Its Discontents: An Appraisal of a Decade's Work with Some Future Issues and Directions - Tony Seaton Tourism and Performance - Tim Edensor Information Technology: Shaping the Past, Present and Future of Tourism - Ulrike Gretzel and Daniel R. Fesenmaier Global Tourism Business Operations: Theoretical Frameworks and Key Issues - Keith G. Debbage and Suzanne Gallaway Tourism and International Policy: Neo-Liberalism and beyond - R.E. Wood Ethical Perspectives: Exploring the Ethical Landscape of Tourism - Mick Smith Gender and Tourism Discourses: Advancing the Gender Project in Tourism Studies - Cara Aitchison Tourism Studies and the New Mobilities Paradigm (NMP) - Misela Mavric and John Urry Tourism and Languaging - Alison Phipps Methodologies and Methods - G.R. Jennings Conclusions: Tourism Studies: Past Omissions, Emergent Challenges - Mike Robinson and Tazim Jamal