Tourist Studies developed as a sub-branch of older disciplines in the social sciences, such as anthropology, sociology and economics, and newer applied fields of study in hospitality management, civil rights and transport studies. This Handbook is a sign of the maturity of the field. It provides an essential resource for teachers and students to determine the roots, key issues, and agenda of Tourism Studies.

Power, Politics, and Political Science: The Politicization of Tourism

Power, Politics, and Political Science: The Politicization of Tourism

Power, politics, and political science: The politicization of tourism


The politicization of tourism has two dimensions: its growth as a research subject for political scientists and its increased importance in politics at all levels. This chapter considers both facets.

The study of political science has always had much to offer the study of tourism, but few political scientists have investigated such linkages. Whether they consider them to be too frivolous, too multifaceted, or too unlikely to advance individual careers, political scientists have largely ignored tourism.

As one indicator, my research assistant Teola Dorsey examined 10 leading American political science journals from 1980–2006 and found only one referred to the subject of travel or tourism in its article titles. That was ...

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