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.



Definition A philosophical position in which all knowledge of existence must be justified by experience through sense data.


Quite simply you wouldn't be doing a research project at all if it were not for Empiricism, read on …


Despite the negative connotations that are associated with Empiricism in the social sciences today (Hammersley, 2004) both the term ‘empirical’ and an appeal to ‘experience’ are commonplace in tourism studies. A dependence upon the idea of scientific progress through the collection of empirical evidence remains central to the vast majority of published tourism research output (see Deduction). This is reinforced by the criteria of scientific excellence that are used to judge the quality of research output across the academy. How can this be?

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