Theoretical and methodological challenges for tourism just out of sight or just within our reach?

Allan M. Williams, C. Michael Hall, Alan A. Lew

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The conclusions provide a series of broad reflections on the approach of this volume as a celebration of diversity, before proceeding to focus on methodological issues, including recent shifts in quantitative and qualitative methods and the challenges of providing genuinely integrated mixed-methods approaches. A number of substantive and theoretical themes also cut across recent developments in tourism studies, representing challenges that the tourism academy are still seeking to embrace. Four illustrative themes are considered in this chapter, including the tourism-environment relationships, risk and uncertainty, globalization, and mobility rights. The chapter concludes with brief reflections about the need to frame tourism studies in relationship to wider social science and science discourses, and the trajectory of the tourism academy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Blackwell Companion to Tourism
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781118474648
ISBN (Print)9781118474488
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Crisis
  • Critical perspectives
  • Globalization
  • Human mobilities
  • Methodology
  • Risk
  • Social science
  • Theory
  • Tourism academy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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