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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.

The Diverse Dynamics of Cultural Studies and Tourism
The diverse dynamics of cultural studies and tourism

To the extent that tourism may be conceptualized as culture, the work of “cultural studies” is germane to an understanding of tourism, what happens in tourism, and the meanings it holds for both tourists and non-tourists. This chapter addresses the key threads of the dynamic relationships between the field of cultural studies and the conceptual work which is being undertaken to explain the dynamics of tourism. Conceptual developments in both arenas of intellectual activity have been rapid and complex. This chapter identifies dimensions of each arena where interactions and developments have taken place.

A core theme of the chapter is the convergence and multidisciplinarity of debates surrounding cultural studies amongst both ...

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