This book walks students through the selection and application of research methods within tourism. The authors introduce the relevant language and theory of key methodologies and then develop them using strategic literature review and the inclusion of international examples which relate directly to tourism. The historical and philosophical context of each method is then carefully laid out alongside the practical application of the technique. Each concept sets the historical and philosophical context of a method alongside the practical application of the technique.
The underlying premise in our approach to this book is that tourism research is predominately social research and we should therefore look to the social sciences for its anchor points. By placing tourism research within the social sciences we open up to a vast array of philosophical positions, academic disciplines, bodies of theory and methods. The SAGE Encyclopaedia of Social Science Research Methods, for example, includes over 1000 entries in three volumes and the task of selecting 33 key concepts for this book has proved a nerve-wracking challenge for us. Our final selections, and omissions, will probably be a point of contention among our readers.
The starting points for our selections are our two different intellectual frames of reference both of which are ...