Tourism geographers are always under pressure to justify and explain the contributions of tourism studies to the geographic discipline. This chapter attempts to take a critical view to reflect this issue through the following points: 1) The application of the geography theories to address the tourism phenomenon itself is one contribution. The application of geographic theories in this field can show the relative advantage of geographic disciplines in analyzing and understanding emerging social issues. 2) Tourism geography is one sub-discipline within geography. Its growth would definitely lead to the growth of geography studies. 3) The theories developed to understand the complexityand uniqueness of the tourism phenomenon may not be necessary for other geographic phenomena which are much simpler and less sophisticated. 4) The identification of the complexityand uniqueness of the tourism phenomenon is important forfacilitating the acknowledgement of tourism geography’s contribution in geography knowledge. 5) To build adialogue with other sub-disciplines of geographies, tourism geographers need to address some common themes and publish outside tourism geography journals.
Honggang Xu and Yuefang Wu
Studies in Modelling and Decision Support, Second Edition
Khalid Saeed and Honggang Xu
Hong-gang Xu and Yue-fang Wu
Geography has been one of the earliest disciplines to get involved in tourism research. This chapter reviews the conceptualization of tourism geography in a globalizing world, and the diverse theoretical and methodological approaches. To theorize the perspectives in the discipline, the spatio-temporal, social and political-economic dimensions are investigated. The ‘global–local nexus’ is employed as a central structure in understanding the dialectics of production and consumption and tensions between the global and the local. And it is pointed out that, the ‘cultural turn’ and non-representational conditions and concerns have influenced the growth of interest in tourism by human geographers. The chapter also reflects on the shifting trends in global tourism industry. Tourism in emerging world regions are now adding to the complexity of the phenomenon. This highlights the demand for new, innovative theoretical perspectives to explore emerging issues.