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The Problem with Tourism Theory


Franklin, AS, The Problem with Tourism Theory, The Critical Turn in Tourism Studies, Elsevier, Irena Ateljevic, Annette Pritchard, Nigel Morgan (ed), Oxford, UK, pp. 131-148. ISBN 9780080450988 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]

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I am convinced that there remain some fundamental problems with how we understand tourism, how we conceive of tourism as an object/focus of investigation and how we frame the relevance of tourism in the world. In recent years, there has been good progress in the area of tourism theory and I will first try to characterise where this has occurred. In addition, there have been some further clarifications of what the problems are and I will also allude to these. Finally, as others and I have grappled with some of these problems, some new solutions seem to be emerging and these are worth including here. Notably, and no doubt annoyingly and frustratingly, I have also come to the conclusion that we need new theory (how do we uncover aspects of tourism that remain otherwise obscured) less than we need a new ontology of tourism (describing what tourism is/does). So, it is to this problem, rather than a review of theoretical progress and over the past few years, that I give most attention. To be perfectly clear, this paper is less about the problem with existing tourism theory than the problem of tourism theory per se. Tb put it even more bluntly: I am less inclined to look for theoretical explanations of tourism than to explore an account ontology of tourism. I will be suggesting that far from seeing tourism as behaviour to be explained it might be more worthwhile considering it as an ordering, a rather special ordering of modernity.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:tourism theory, tourist studies, problems
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Tourism services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Franklin, AS (Professor Adrian Franklin)
ID Code:44260
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2012-11-07
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