1     Researcher reflexivity in tourismstudies research

Dynamical dances with emotions

Nazia Ali

Introduction

This chapter examines the dynamics of emotions in tourism studies research in the context of reflexivity. The focus is upon the experience of various emotions during interpretive ethnographic fieldwork, rather than researching emotions per se. This process is commonly referred to, from a sociological perspective, as the ‘emotionalization of reflexivity’ (Holmes 2010: 139). The ‘emotionalization of reflexivity’ emphasises the importance of emotions in research encounters with informants and consequently the influence of these emotions upon the researcher's life. Therefore, the premise of this chapter is to build on the theoretical stances ...

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