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Current sociological theories and issues in tourism

Cohen, E and Cohen, SA (2012) Current sociological theories and issues in tourism Annals of Tourism Research, 39 (4). pp. 2177-2202.

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This article reviews the changing nature of contemporary tourism and sociological approaches to its study. We examine the broad social trends and specific historical events that recently affected tourism and discuss how the focus of sociological inquiry in tourism studies shifted from earlier discourses of authenticity and the tourist gaze to three novel theoretical approaches, the mobilities “paradigm”, the performativity approach and actor-network theory (ANT), which each reflect a broader meta-theoretical re-orientation in contemporary philosophy and sociology. We appraise these conceptual developments and discuss their limitations. We then identify several current research issues as important areas for problem-oriented work at the intersections of tourism and contemporary society: social justice, environmental sustainability, natural disasters, terrorism, heritage, embodiment and affect, and mediatization.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
Cohen, E
Cohen, SA
Date : 28 August 2012
DOI : 10.1016/j.annals.2012.07.009
Additional Information : NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Annals of Tourism Research. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Annals of Tourism Research, 39(4), August 2012, 10.1016/j.annals.2012.07.009.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 06 Nov 2012 11:39
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:47

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