This is a critical introduction to the relations between tourism, tourists, and tourism spaces. It fuses economic and cultural perspectives to explain how tourism is dependent on place and space, while at the same time as defining those places and spaces. Examining different levels of scale - from local to global - Tourism and Tourism Spaces is informed by the discussion of three key processes: - production and consumption of tourist spaces - consumption and commodification of tourist experiences - construction and reconstruction of tourist spaces Each chapter engages with different theoretical perspectives; is illustrated with comparative examples and case studies; uses tables, boxes and figures throughout; and concludes with a summary. An integrated and systematic review of a range of theoretical positions - that integrates economic and cultural - Tourism and Tourism Spaces will be a key resource for students of geography, sociology, management studies, hospitality studies, and leisure studies.



Tourism is increasingly the centre of popular and policy discourses. It is both demonized and idealized, as a destroyer and a creator, whether of valued environments, social and cultural practices, or wealth. One of the roles of tourism researchers should be to provide a greater understanding of the underlying processes that shape the emerging tourism landscape. We have argued elsewhere (Shaw and Williams 2002) that such research has at best been uneven, and at worst has failed to respond to these challenges. Although there are a growing number of exceptions, tourism research is still often descriptive, atheoretical, and chaotically conceptualized in being abstracted from broader social relationships. The task of remedying these deficiencies lies beyond the scope of this, or probably any other, book. ...

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