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 research tradition in which evolving networks of interdependent individuals (figurations) influence changes to codes of behaviour via external control and internalised self-control in a ‘civilising process’.


Throughout this book we have eluded to the relative paucity of theory development in tourism research. We have included Figurationalism as a key concept, because we feel that it offers a way to address this gap. If you are keen to help with this project then an exploration of an aspect of tourism seen through the Figurationalist lens could set a trend in tourism scholarship and you could find yourself in the vanguard of it. In our view, few other recent social theories would seem to have such relevance to the condition of tourism. Tourism itself is ...

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