The study of sport tourism is on the cusp of moving from a descriptive phase of research into an analytical phase. Consequently, many academics and graduate students are searching for theories upon which to ground their work. This book draws upon theories and concepts from sociology and anthropology (the socio-cultural perspective), sport and tourism studies, and business studies. One of the dangers of a new area of study is that the body of knowledge is built on a range of seemingly unrelated studies. By grounding work in a theoretical perspective, future work can be linked to, and contribute to building a cohesive understanding of various aspects of sport tourism.
This book is an edited collection written by some of the top scholars working in a particular domain throughout the world, providing a compendium of theories and concepts that can be used to frame research on various aspects of sport tourism.
This volume was previously published as a special issue of the journal Sport in the Global Society.
Dr Heather Gibson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism at the University of Florida. She has numerous publications and presentations on the topic of sport tourism. Most notably, her work is known for understanding the behaviour of different types of sport tourists.