A Critical Introduction
- Kevin Hannam - University of Sunderland, UK, Professor of Informatics at Leeds Beckett University, UK
- Dan Knox - Liverpool John Moores University, UK, University of West of England, Bristol, UK
Hospitality, Travel & Tourism Management | Tourism Studies | Tourism and Society
Specifically, the authors examine how post-structuralist thought has led to a re-imagining of power relationships and the ways in which they are central to the production and consumption of tourism experiences.
Eleven clear, relevant chapters provide an accessible introduction to tourism defining, explaining and developing the key issues and methods in this exciting field.
These topics include:
• Regulating Tourism
• Commodifying Tourism
• Embodying Tourism
• Performing Tourism
• Tourism and the Everyday
• Tourism and the Other
• Tourism and the Environment
• Tourism and the Past
• Tourism Mobilities
• Researching Tourism
A strong teaching text, this will be well received by lecturers seeking an authoritative, multi-disciplinary book on contemporary tourism and by students who want a practical, grounded introduction which understands their learning and research needs.
a nice introduction to the sociology of tourism. I like the additional materials available and would like to see more of this.
The excercises that the book has at the end of every chapter are very useful. I like them very much.
This book provides a clear description of the important theoretical aspects of tourism. This comprehensive and easy to understand book makes for an enjoyable read. Beneficial and recommended material for academics and students.
Good reading as an introduction to Travel and Tourism for learners to gain a better understanding of the concept of tourism.
Although the exercises and fact boxes are interesting and reviews each section well and there is a good range of chapter topics I found that the quotes used throughout were quite dated. I would like to see more up to date literature and articles referred to for a 2011 reprint.
excellent book for introduction to tourism course
Very much a theoretical text with the odd case study. Some interesting observations on commodification and past and present trends. The text probably does not have the detail of a Page or Holloway to make it essential reading, but it does provide some useful supplementary material
Understanding Tourism is a good tool for undergraduate and postgraduate students, introducing an indepth and critical analysis of tourism as a global and fast-changing phenomenon. The book provides a good analysis of the key issues on comtemporary tourism studies, chalenging concepts and definitions.
An excellent and well-written text which is clearly written and enables undergraduates to gain an insight into the theoretical aspects underpinning the industry.
Well written and up-to-date. Theoretically well-informed, yet with relevant ethnographic examples. Excercises, suggested readings and a glossary that the students find useful.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Exercise 2.1: Tourism Development - Funding Decisions
Exercise 3.1: Culture, Heritage and the Post Tourist
Exercise 4.1: Embodying and Sensing Tourism
Exercise 5.1: Performing Tourism Workshop
Exercise 6.1: Touritsts, Travellers and Consumption
Exercise 7.1: Sex Tourism and the Other
Exercise 8.1: Sustainable Travel
Exercise 9.1: The Uses of Dark Tourism
Exercise 10.1: Investigating Tourism Mobilities
Exercise 11.1: Participant Observation and Photography