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

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3     The challenge of criticalapproaches to rural tourismstudies and practice

Heather Mair

Introduction

With this chapter, I present a reflexive look at some practical implications of becoming a critical tourism researcher. Linked to recent (and essential) discussions about reflexivity and ethics, not to mention the challenges of critical tourism research, I consider the opportunities and obligations inherent in intervening to foster change. Trained in critical social research approaches, feminist theories, human geography, and political economy, I've sought to embrace a critical approach to tourism studies for nearly a decade of research, writing, teaching, and mentoring. In 2008, as I approached two coveted milestones of academia (tenure/promotion ...

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