Challenges in Tourism Research

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Tej Vir Singh
Channel View Publications, 2015 - Social Science - 392 pages
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In this volume leading experts from different disciplines and diverse geographic regions discuss fundamental, often controversial topics in the field of tourism studies. The book attempts to understand, identify and analyse some of the perennial problems and challenges encountered by tourism researchers. The debates include topics such as the concept of the ‘tourist’, the long-term sustainability of tourism development, the growth of volunteer tourism and the vulnerability of tourism. Bringing together the collective wisdom of 37 renowned tourism scholars in a unique format, this is an important text for undergraduate and postgraduate students, tourism researchers and industry professionals.
 

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Contents

Is Tourist a Secular Pilgrim or a Hedonist in Search
45
Do Tourists Travel for the Discovery of Self or to Search
71
Is Volunteerism a New Avatar of Travelism?
97
and Guest Alexandra Coghlan
119
Lies Damn Lies and Statistics
135
Jenkins
150
Does Tourism Consume Places?
161
and the Pleasure Core David Weaver
176
Tourism is More Sinned Against than Sinning
193
Is the Concept of Sustainability Utopian? Ideally Perfect
223
Ralf Buckley
241
What is Wrong with the Concept of Carrying Capacity?
267
Are
309
The Unmet Challenge
339
Index
367
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Tej Vir Singh is Director and Professor at the Centre for Tourism and Development, Lucknow, India. His main research interests are impact studies, tourism geography, education and mountain tourism. He is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Tourism Recreation Research and has worked in the field for over 40 years. He was the winner of the 2013 UNWTO Ulysses Prize.

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