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.

Case Study

Case study

Definition The study of a few cases, sometimes one, constructed out of naturally occurring social situations and investigated in considerable depth.


As our key concept entry for the Case Study will show you, this is a tried and tested concept in tourism research projects. If you are wanting to study a particular tourism destination then it is an obvious choice, but the Case Study is much more flexible than that. Have a look, below, at the wide range of ways other tourism researchers have used it. An early health warning is needed though to curb enthusiasm for the Case Study. Sometimes the Case Study is used by students as a simple ‘catch-all’ phrase for any research that is ‘selective’ but you should avoid this ...

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