Modern Mass Tourism

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Julio Aramberri
Emerald Group Publishing, Nov 23, 2010 - Business & Economics - 424 pages
Broadly speaking, academic tourism research comes in two main shapes - why and how to. Both traditions seem unable to ever meet and their trajectory reminds of scissors agape. Tourism research, it is argued in this book, finds itself in a serious scissors crisis. Accordingly, the text reflects on how the crisis came about and looks at its effect on the real world. It explores how, within the limited realm of tourism behavior, the scissors crisis mirrors the post-romantic elan that since the 1960s has engulfed most social sciences in a blietzkrieg that was as harmful in its rejection of a modern market economy as it was shallow in theoretical views. From this point on, the book maintains a number of contrarian views that run against the grain of conventional academic wisdom. It highlights how the post-romantic worldview (mis)construes the global tourist system. In conclusion, the book favors a complete about turn in hypotheses and analytical tools to gap the yawning scissor crisis and to make tourism research more accountable to developments in the real world.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 The Scissors Crisis in Tourism Research
25
Chapter 2 The Global Tourism System
51
Chapter 3 The Postmodern Matrix
77
Chapter 4 The Accidental Tourism Researcher
105
Chapter 5 Liberation Theologies
151
Chapter 6 Paleface Does Southeast Asia
227
Chapter 7 Down the Path of Philosophy
249
Chapter 8 The Languages of Tourism
273
Chapter 9 Alternatives to Modern Mass Tourism
311
Afterword
353
References
365
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