A Research Agenda for Tourism Geographies
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A Research Agenda for Tourism Geographies

Edited by Dieter K. Müller

In recent years, tourism geographies have developed into a vibrant field of research at the intersection of geography and tourism studies. The book presents a unique collection of individual research agendas aiming to inspire the pursuit of new avenues of research. Although there have been arguments to apply post-disciplinary perspectives within tourism research, this book highlights the interest and potential of tourism geographers to contribute to a geographical tradition and influence the future content of geography as a discipline.
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Chapter 3: Tourism/geography/mobilities are dead, long live tourism/geography/mobilities: or, returning to yet another turn – the inexorable search for relevant research agendas in tourism geographies

C. Michael Hall

Abstract

Tourism geographies cannot be divorced from the institutional environments within which they are set. While individual agency is clearly important, the academic acceptability of approaches, turns, frames and paradigms is externally determined. This chapter argues that the search for a research agenda is reflective of academic structures and practices, writ fine in tourism geographies. This is not to suggest that they do not have value; rather it is to note that such institutional agendas and turns cannot be separated from interests and may have little empirical linkage to issues of relevance, ethics and public contribution. Any research agenda is therefore emergent and of its time. However, the chapter concludes that any lasting contribution needs to move beyond self-serving opportunism and focus on geography’s synthetic research capacities and engagement.

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