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 & Society | Tourism Studies
Understanding Tourism introduces tourism students to concepts drawn from critical theory, cultural studies and the social sciences. It does so with a light and readable touch, highlighting the ideas that underlie contemporary critical tourism studies in a practical and engaging way.
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.
An insightful and original approach to different aspects of tourism...The book is admirable for the interesting, vivid and shrewd style of writing which makes it really enjoyable for reading. Fun and humour are deliberately and successfully interwoven into the elevated academic analysis, thus making this text equally valuable for professionals, academics, students and anyone else who is passionate about tourism
European Journal of Tourism Research
At last! A refreshingly lucid text for students that substantially enriches the analysis of tourism and tourists. Hannam and Knox explore the recent theoretical insights that have helped tourist studies to escape from a self-imposed academic ghetto and have multiplied approaches to making sense of tourism. Clear, concise and stimulating
Manchester Metropolitan University
With this book Hannam and Knox have gone a long way towards elevating the study of tourism from the obscure margins of social science into a bona fide research area. They encourage us to think critically about the subject and successfully interweave dominant contemporary concepts to present tourism as a social, cultural, economic, and spatial phenomenon. Students will be sure to enjoy this innovative contribution which takes a 'user-friendly' approach and provides a useful pedagogic tool for those at all levels of study
Professor of Human Geography; Mid-Sweden University and ETOUR
Understanding Tourism provides an in-depth and critical analysis of tourism studies that is conceptually rich, empirically strong and extremely accessible to scholars and students of tourism. It is a refreshing analysis of an extremely complex and multidimensional global phenomenon, and raises our understanding of tourism to new heights
Professor of Tourism Development and Management, Arizona State University
A very interesting mobilities view of tourism with useful student-friendly text and exercises
Distinguished Professor, Lancaster University
This is a useful and accessible introduction to critical approaches to tourism that will be a value for lecturers and students alike. The provision of many thought-provoking exercises will be of benefit for both teaching and learning
Annals of Tourism Research
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.
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