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The Critical Turn in Tourism Studies by Annette Pritchard, Nigel Morgan, Irena Ateljevic

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Part I

Critical tourism research

Annette Pritchard

Today the tourism research field is characterised by tremendous growth and increasing fragmentation. There has been an explosion in the number of tourism-related programmes offered by higher education institutions, and the number of tourism-related journals has grown from a dozen in the 1970s to around 150 today, over half of them established in the last decade alone. Yet despite this growth much tourism scholarship continues to pursue narrow empirical studies at the expense of theoretical or conceptual writing. After half a century of sustained tourism enquiry our field still neglects its ontological, epistemological and methodological shortcomings. As a consequence, tourism scholarship has ...

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