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DavidBotterill and VincentPlatenkamp

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 ...

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