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Fieldwork in Tourism
Methods, Issues and Reflections

Edited By

Michael C. Hall

ISBN 9780415589192
Published October 20, 2010 by Routledge
336 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The inherent mobility of tourists and consequent relative ephemerality of contact between the visitor and the visited tourism phenomenon have specific characteristics that challenge the usual fieldwork practices of the social and physical sciences. Such conditions create specific concerns for the tourism researcher in terms of their positionality, relationality, accessibility, ethics, reflexivity, and methodological appropriateness.

Fieldwork in Tourism is the first book to focus on this extremely significant component of contemporary tourist research and provides hands on approaches to conducting tourism fieldwork in a range of settings, exploring the methodological considerations and offering strategies to mitigate these. The book also discusses how fieldwork affects researchers personally and what happens to field relationships. Divided into five sections, each with an introduction and a guide to further reading, the chapters cover the context of fieldwork, research relationships, politics and power, the position of the researcher in the field, research methods and processes, including virtual fieldwork, and the relationships between being a tourist and doing fieldwork. The concluding chapter suggests that the link between tourism and fieldwork perhaps offers greater insights into understanding creative fieldwork than may be imagined.

This book incorporates a rich and diverse set of fieldwork experiences, insights and reflections on conducting fieldwork in different settings, the problems that emerge, the solutions that were developed, and the realities of being ‘in the field’. Fieldwork in Tourism is an essential guide for Tourism higher level students, academics and researchers embarking on research in this field.

Table of Contents

Introducing the Contexts of Fieldwork  1. Fieldwork in Tourism/Touring Research: Where Does Tourism End and Fieldwork Begin?  2. Defining and Redefining Conceptual Frameworks for Social Science Field Research  Research Relationships: Power, Politics and Patron-client Affinities  3. Researching the Political in Tourism: Where Knowledge Meets Power  4. The Visible/Invisible Researcher: Ethics and Politically-Sensitive Research  5. Interviewing Elites: Perspectives from the Medical Tourism Sector in India and Thailand  Positionality: Researcher Position in the Field, Practicalities, Perils, and Pitfalls  6. Reflexivity and Ethnography in Community Tourism Research  7. Doing ‘Risky’ and ‘Sexy’ Research: Reframing the Concept of ‘Relational’ in Qualitative Research  8. Studying Halal Restaurants in New Zealand: Experiences and Perspectives of a Muslim Female Researcher  9. Researching Heritage Tourism in Singapore: An Outsider Perspective as an Asset?  10. Cosmopolitan Methodologies: Implications of the Ethnographer’s Multiple Positions in Studying Tourism  11. Allowing Women’s Voices to be Heard in Tourism Research: Competing Paradigms of Method  Methods and Processes  12. Studying Local-to-Global Tourism Dynamics Through Glocal Ethnography  13. Researching Second Home Tourism in South Africa: Methodological Challenges and Innovations  14. Off the Record: Segmenting Informal Discussions into Viable Methodological Categories  15. Know Yourself: Making the Visual Work in Tourism Research  16. Work it Out: Using Work as Participant Observation to Study Tourism  17. Researching Tourists in the Outdoors – Challenges and Experiences from Protected Areas in Sweden  18. Challenges in Fieldwork Researching Group Service Experiences at a White Water Rafting Provider in New Zealand  19. On Facing Rejection: Volunteer Tourists that I Could Not Interview  Future Directions and New Environments  20. In Cyberspace Can Anybody Hear You Scream? Issues in the Conduct of Online Fieldwork  21. Integrating Researchers and Indigenous Communities: Reflections From Northern Canada  22. Managing Post-Fieldwork Interpersonal Relationships: Mea (Maxima?) Culpa  23. Concluding Thoughts: Where Does Fieldwork End and Tourism Begin?

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C. Michael Hall is Professor in the Department of Management, University of Canterbury, New Zealand; Docent, Department of Geography, University of Oulu, Finland; and Visiting Professor, Linnaeus University School of Business and Economics, Kalmar, Sweden. Co-editor of Current Issues in Tourism, he has published widely in tourism, gastronomy and environmental history.