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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.

Histories of Tourism
Histories of tourism
Tourism History: A Developing Field

This chapter argues that a persisting failure to grasp the importance of tourism's past has impoverished the understanding of current developments and future prospects on an international stage, despite a recent explosion of new work on the history of tourism on several fronts. It examines key debates in tourism through a historical lens, while providing a contextualized commentary on developments in tourism on the world stage, mainly since the eighteenth century, and reflecting the Eurocentric and North American perspectives that dominate current outputs. Approaches, trends, and current foci of interest will be considered, along with problems of source material and interpretation. It also considers the contested relationships between history and the “heritage industry,” which raise issues ...

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