Under the broad umbrella of tourism studies there is a great section of research which has been lambasted for lacking a critical approach to the phenomenon of tourism. Studies of the tourism economy have largely sidestepped any criticism by claiming to be objective and value-neutral. Within tourism geographies, however, there is an active approach to critical studies of tourism in a place-based context, including critical studies of the tourism economy. This chapter connects these studies, which are most often conceptually refined and empirically supported, and calls for a movement of tourism economic research towards a geographical political economy of tourism.
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