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Tourism Destination Development

Turns and Tactics, 1st Edition

Edited by Arvid Viken, Brynhild Granås


292 pages

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Although blurred and heavily contested, the concept of ’tourist destination’ still deserves careful attention. Despite its unstable characteristics, ’destination’ is a central and meaningful term in play among all parties in the field of tourism, including tourists, tourism operators, and politicians, as well as students and tourism scholars. This anthology draws on different approaches and discourses of tourism destination development, while focusing on how they are shaped and reshaped and how they should be read and rehearsed. The book reveals dominant as well as alternative approaches to the field. The authors demonstrate how tourism destinations are commercial, but socially embedded; how they are both material and territorial, but at the same time socially constructed; how production of touristic brands and images are vital, but contested. Such tensions are unfolded through paradigmatic discussions and a series of case studies from the northern hemisphere. The chapters in the book investigate how destination development is catalysed through theming, how changing environments lead to reorientations, and how destinations are political. Altogether, the book provides experts and students with an up-to-date theoretical and empirical insight into tourist destinations.


’The destination is central to the study of tourism but it is easy for the concept to become a somewhat simplistic territorial one overly infused by analysis of economics, marketing and strategy. This book digs far deeper into the intellectual roots of the destination. It spends adequate critical time grappling with meaning; it provides rich illustration through case studies and offers new insights into the re-orientation of destination studies.’ John Tribe, University of Surrey, UK ’If tourism’s formative power in the making of societies is acknowledged, few contributions take this point as comprehensively into social science as this impressive volume edited by Viken and GranÃ¥s. Through critical thinking and theoretically informative case studies, readers are taken aboard reflexive and situated investigations of the plural and multiple ways in which tourist destinations develop.’ Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt, Roskilde University, Denmark

About the Editors

Arvid Viken is Professor in Tourism at UiT - the Arctic University of Norway. He has written extensively within the field of tourism, particular with a focus on northern aspects. Together with Torill Nyseth he edited Place Reinvention. Northern perspectives also published by Ashgate. Dr Brynhild Granås is Associate Professor at UiT - the Arctic University of Norway, Department of Tourism and Northern Studies, since 2012, having worked for nine years at the Department of Sociology, Political Science and Planning at UiT - the Arctic University of Norway. Her research has mainly focused on place development processes and together with Professor Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt, she has previously edited the Ashgate book Mobility and Place. Enacting Northern European Peripheries.

About the Series

New Directions in Tourism Analysis

New Directions in Tourism Analysis
Although tourism is becoming increasingly popular as both a taught subject and an area for empirical investigation, the theoretical underpinnings of many approaches have tended to be eclectic and somewhat underdeveloped. However, recent developments indicate that the field of tourism studies is beginning to develop in a more theoretically informed manner, but this has not yet been matched by current publications. The aim of this series is to fill this gap with high quality monographs or edited collections that seek to develop tourism analysis at both theoretical and substantive levels using approaches which are broadly derived from allied social science disciplines such as Sociology, Social Anthropology, Human and Social Geography, and Cultural Studies. As tourism studies covers a wide range of activities and sub fields, certain areas such as Hospitality Management and Business, which are already well provided for, would be excluded. The series will therefore fill a gap in the current overall pattern of publication. Suggested themes to be covered by the series, either singly or in combination, include - consumption; cultural change; development; gender; globalisation; political economy; social theory; sustainability.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography