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 4: Not a serious subject?! Academic relevancy and critical tourism geographies

Jarkko Saarinen

Abstract

Geography has a long tradition in tourism research, with major contributions in the field of tourism studies. However, within the discipline of geography there has been a tendency to marginalize tourism research as a non-serious academic subject. Based on recent research themes and the nature of tourism geography, however, such evaluations cannot be justified as characterizing the overall subdiscipline. This chapter discusses some of the underlying reasons for such marginalization and highlights positive changes taking place in tourism geographies that emphasize contextuality, scaling, and engagement with the socioeconomic, cultural, and ecological environments tourism operates in. The importance of developing academic communication within the geography community is stressed, as otherwise there is a real danger that tourism geographies will remain in a marginal position in wider disciplinary discussions.

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