Tourist Studies

Authored by: Adrian Franklin

The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415667715
eBook ISBN: 9781315857572
Adobe ISBN: 9781317934134


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Tourist studies is a relatively recent multi-disciplinary field of research which is largely ded-icated to developing an understanding of the origins and development of tourism; the theo-retical understandings of tourism as a form of social, economic, embodied and cultural practice; the wider social, cultural and economic impacts of tourism and the development of concepts and methodologies that enable clearer understandings of these processes. It dates back to an emergent sociology of leisure in the 1960s and 1970s, and particularly to the spec-tacular growth spurts of tourism in the 1980s, in the aftermath of de-industrialisation and the growth of service industries, and after the 1990s, following the de-regulation of the aviation industry and the opening up of wider circuits of global tourism, capital and taste. However, the way in which the spectacular growth of travel and tourism has been tied to its association with the mobile social elites of Europe and America and their direct influence on the devel-opment of new technologies of travel means that the actual study of tourism dates back a very long way.

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