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Fieldwork in Tourism: Methods, Issues and Reflections

Fieldwork in Tourism: Methods, Issues and Reflections
 

The inherent mobility of tourists and consequent relative ephemerality of contact between the visitor and the visited tourism phenomenon have specific characteristics that challenge the usual fieldwork practices of the social and physical sciences. Such conditions create specific... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781138883574
Barcode 9781138883574
Published 27 April 2015 by Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Paperback
Author(s) Edited by Hall, Michael C.
Series Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility
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ISBN-13 9781138883574
ISBN-10 1138883573
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Publication Date 27 April 2015
International Publication Date 25 April 2015
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) Edited by Hall, Michael C.
Series Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility
Category Tourism Industry
Number of Pages 322
Dimensions Width: 159mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 476g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Tourism - Research
NBS Text Business, Accounting & Vocational: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 338.4791
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

The inherent mobility of tourists and consequent relative ephemerality of contact between the visitor and the visited tourism phenomenon have specific characteristics that challenge the usual fieldwork practices of the social and physical sciences. Such conditions create specific concerns for the tourism researcher in terms of their positionality, relationality, accessibility, ethics, reflexivity, and methodological appropriateness. Fieldwork in Tourism is the first book to focus on this extremely significant component of contemporary tourist research and provides hands on approaches to conducting tourism fieldwork in a range of settings, exploring the methodological considerations and offering strategies to mitigate these. The book also discusses how fieldwork affects researchers personally and what happens to field relationships. Divided into five sections, each with an introduction and a guide to further reading, the chapters cover the context of fieldwork, research relationships, politics and power, the position of the researcher in the field, research methods and processes, including virtual fieldwork, and the relationships between being a tourist and doing fieldwork. The concluding chapter suggests that the link between tourism and fieldwork perhaps offers greater insights into understanding creative fieldwork than may be imagined. This book incorporates a rich and diverse set of fieldwork experiences, insights and reflections on conducting fieldwork in different settings, the problems that emerge, the solutions that were developed, and the realities of being 'in the field'. Fieldwork in Tourism is an essential guide for Tourism higher level students, academics and researchers embarking on research in this field.

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Author's Bio

C. Michael Hall is Professor in the Department of Management, University of Canterbury, New Zealand; Docent, Department of Geography, University of Oulu, Finland; and Visiting Professor, Linnaeus University School of Business and Economics, Kalmar, Sweden. Co-editor of Current Issues in Tourism, he has published widely in tourism, gastronomy and environmental history.

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