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 ‘Some accepted examples of actual scientific practice – laws, theories, applications, and instrumentation taken together – providing models from which spring particular coherent traditions of scientific research’ (Kuhn, 1962: 10). Without paradigms there would simply be no way of practising science.


This is ‘a must read’ key concept because Kuhn's ideas provided such an important counterpoint to Popper's thesis in shaping ideas about scientific knowledge production. It is also often used in the tourism research literature, but as we argue below, in ways that verge on misuse. An understanding of the original meaning of the concept and its reinterpretation in contemporary tourism research can increase your self-understanding of the identity of the research selections you are trying to make.


In tourism studies, as in the ...

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