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 process of creating an abstract and often simplified representation of a system or a phenomenon.


If you are tempted to embark on empirical Modelling in your research project then you are likely to have a background in either economics and/or a substantial training in quantitative methods. If this is not the case then you may find that Modelling tourism, in the empirical tradition, is very challenging. In contrast, conceptual Modelling can provide both a way into and out of a research project. Building a conceptual model from the literature – a visual or literal representation of how previous researchers have depicted your research topic – can be a useful way to start a research project. Such an approach loosely mimics Deduction, but without, ...

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