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Beyond Eurocentrism in tourism: A paradigm shift to mobilities

Cohen, E and Cohen, SA (2015) Beyond Eurocentrism in tourism: A paradigm shift to mobilities Tourism and Recreation Research, 40 (2). pp. 157-168.

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Abstract

This article addresses critiques of Eurocentrism in tourism studies, which have called for a “paradigm shift” in response to the rapid rise of tourism from emerging world regions. We clarify the concept of a paradigm shift, and examine arguments for a shift in tourism studies on epistemological, theoretical and empirical levels. We argue for a shift on the theoretical level: the incorporation of tourism studies in the mobilities paradigm. We argue that this paradigm offers a fresh perspective on tourism as enmeshed with other kinds of discretionary mobilities, is free of Eurocentric assumptions, and destabilizes some of the leading concepts on which now problematic binary modernist thinking in tourism studies is based. However, the positivistic, ‘etic’ character of early studies of the mobilities paradigm hinders its culturally nuanced deployment in emerging world regions, a limitation we seek to remedy by adapting Tim Cresswell’s (2010) conceptualization of mobility as comprised of movement, representation and practice. We conclude by a summary of the principal findings of our application of the mobilities paradigm to the comparative study of tourism from the emerging regions.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Cohen, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cohen, SAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 5 May 2015
Identification Number : 10.1080/02508281.2015.1039331
Uncontrolled Keywords : Eurocentrism, Paradigm shift, Mobilities
Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Tourism and Recreation Research on 5 May 2015, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02508281.2015.1039331
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 02 Dec 2015 12:54
Last Modified : 05 Nov 2016 02:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/805722

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