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Tourist 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.

Tourism as Postcolonialism
Tourism as postcolonialism

While the concept and study of postcolonialism has informed cultural theorizing for over two decades, it has only more recently begun to garner interest in the intellectual terrain of tourism studies (Hall and Tucker, 2004a). Studies of tourism in the less developed countries, concerns over identity and representation, and theorizing over the cultural, political, and economic nature and implications of tourism encounters, have increasingly been referring to postcolonial discourse. However, the title of this chapter is infused with ambiguity and tension. They arise due to different usages of the concept, for instance, between the use of the term postcolonialism to simply mean neocolonialism and a concept that could better be called critical postcolonialism. Furthermore, post-colonialism represents both the state of being ...

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