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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.

Anthropological Interventions in Tourism Studies
Anthropological interventions in tourism studies

Tourism is both more and less than an industry, more and less than a cultural phenomenon, more and less than a form of leisure. Its character is as quintessentially human as the faculty of language … (Ness, 2003: 9)


We have titled this chapter “Anthropological Interventions,” rather than “the Anthropology of Tourism,” because despite the exponential growth of anthropological research on tourism over the past three decades, we find little evidence of a coherent subdiscipline, past or present, to which we could give that name. Both professionally and intellectually, most anthropologists conducting tourism-related research orient their work toward disciplinary audiences focused on other topics.1 This is not necessarily negative. On the contrary, such a state of affairs ...

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