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Realism offers the prospect of tourism research that combines creative imagination with the possibility of scientific explanation. Students of tourism that are looking to insert some ‘depth’ into their research projects by: going beyond the surface of events and experiences, seeking to unify the natural and the social in tourism research, and wishing to retain the aspiration of an explanatory social science for tourism will find an exploration of the key concept of Realism invaluable.


The self-identification of tourism research that is realist, in the sense of a scientific depth realism, is relatively uncommon. However, the ...

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