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The SAGE Handbook of Tourism Studies

The SAGE Handbook of Tourism Studies

First Edition
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June 2009 | 736 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"The strongest overview I have encountered of the scope and the current state of research across all the fields involved in advancing our understanding of tourism. For its range of topics, depth of analyses, and distinction of its contributors, nothing is comparable."
- Professor Dean MacCannell, University of California, Davis

"The breadth of vision and sweep of accounts is remarkable, and range of topics laudable... a rare combination of the authoritative, the challenging and stimulating."
- Professor Mike Crang, Durham University

Tourism 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, exploring:
  • The evolution and position of tourism studies
  • The relationship of tourism to culture
  • The ecology and economics of tourism
  • Special events and destination management
  • Methodologies of study
  • Tourism and transport
  • Tourism and heritage
  • Tourism and postcolonialism
  • Global tourist business operations

Ranging from local to global issues, and from questions of management to the ethical dilemmas of tourism, this is a comprehensive, critically informed, constructively organized overview of the field. It draws together an inter-disciplinary group of contributors who are among the most celebrated names in the field and will be quickly recognized as a landmark in the new and expanding field of tourism studies.

Tazim Jamal and Mike Robinson
Introduction: The Evolution and Contemporary Positioning of Tourism as a Focus of Study
David Bell
Tourism and Hospitality
Naomi Leite and Nelson Graburn
Anthropological Interventions in Tourism Studies
Adrian Franklin
The Sociology of Tourism
David Crouch
The Diverse Dynamics of Cultural Studies and Tourism
Philip Long and Mike Robinson
Tourism, Popular Culture and the Media
John K. Walton
Histories of Tourism
Sanjay K. Nepal
Tourism Geographies: A Review of Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
David J. Telfer
Development Studies and Tourism
John Fletcher
Economics of International Tourism
Linda K. Richter
Power, Politics and Political Science: The Politicization of Tourism
Andrew Holden
Tourism and Natural Resources
Nigel Evans
Tourism: A Strategic Business Perspective
Richard Sharpley
Tourism, Religion and Spirituality
Stephen Wearing and Jess Ponting
Breaking down the System: How Volunteer Tourism Contributes to New Ways of Viewing Commodified Tourism
Keith Hollinshead
Theme Parks and the Representation of Culture and Nature: The Consumer Aesthetics of Presentation and Performance
Robert Mugerauer Jr
Architecture and Urban Planning: Practical and Theoretical Contributions
Aylin Orbasli and Simon Woodward
Tourism and Heritage Conservation
Joseph E. Mbaiwa and Amanda L. Stronza
The Challenges and Prospects for Sustainable Tourism and Ecotourism in Developing Countries
Bernard Lane
Rural Tourism: An Overview
Stephen Page and Yue (Gurt) Ge
Transportation and Tourism: A Symbiotic Relationship?
Kathleen Rettie, A.P. Clevenger and Adam Ford
Innovative Approaches for Managing Conservation and Use Challenges in the National Parks: Insights from Canada
Brian King and Michael Pearlman
Planning for Tourism at Local and Regional Levels: Principles, Practices and Possibilities
Robert C. Ford and William C. Peeper
Destination Marketing Organizations: Convention and Visitors Bureaus
Richard Harrill
Destination Management: New Challenges, New Needs
Peter E Tarlow
Tourism Safety and Security
Bernadette Quinn
Festivals, Events and Tourism
Hazel Tucker and John Akama
Tourism as Post-Colonialism
Tony Seaton
Thanatourism and Its Discontents: An Appraisal of a Decade's Work with Some Future Issues and Directions
Tim Edensor
Tourism and Performance
Ulrike Gretzel and Daniel R. Fesenmaier
Information Technology: Shaping the Past, Present and Future of Tourism
Keith G. Debbage and Suzanne Gallaway
Global Tourism Business Operations: Theoretical Frameworks and Key Issues
R.E. Wood
Tourism and International Policy: Neo-Liberalism and beyond
Mick Smith
Ethical Perspectives: Exploring the Ethical Landscape of Tourism
Cara Aitchison
Gender and Tourism Discourses: Advancing the Gender Project in Tourism Studies
Misela Mavric and John Urry
Tourism Studies and the New Mobilities Paradigm (NMP)
Alison Phipps
Tourism and Languaging
G.R. Jennings
Methodologies and Methods
Mike Robinson and Tazim Jamal
Conclusions: Tourism Studies: Past Omissions, Emergent Challenges

While well written and acessible, the approach is a little too basic for University level study.

Mr Tony Ozell
Business School (Paisley), University of the West of Scotland
January 24, 2013

This book was a little heavy for the level 3 students I teach. Many of them found it difficult to understand, however I found it useful for lesson planning.

Miss Rebecca Easterby
Sport, travel, education & public services , Ystrad Mynach College
January 3, 2013

Although the text is extremely comprehensive and covers a wide range of relevant trends and topics within the industry it would be more suitable for the final year of an Honours Degree or indeed courses at Postgraduate level.

Ms Luane Quigley
Hospitality, Tourism & Sport, North West Regional College
December 18, 2012

I believe that this book should be in all Libraries wherein a Tourism Studies course is offered.

Mr Vincent Zammit
Tourism Studies (Tour Guiding, Travel agency Operations), Institute of Tourism Studies
May 4, 2012

I find this a quite comprehensive overview of the field, and I recommend my students to look this up if they are curious about the background of some of the topics that we discuss in class.

It is more applicable to those students who plan to continue their course in tourism as an academic field, or in a research capacity.

Ms Tina Tiller
Tourism and Hospitality Management (THM), Modul University Vienna
March 22, 2012

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