5th Edition

Tourism, Tourists and Society

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ISBN 9781138629493
December 30, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
372 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Tourism, Tourists and Society provides a broad introduction to the inter-relationship between tourism and society, making complex sociological concepts and themes accessible to readers from a non-sociological academic background. It provides a thorough exploration of how society influences or shapes the behaviours, motivations, attitudes and consumption of tourists, as well as the tourism impacts on destination societies.

The fifth edition has been fully revised and updated to reflect recent data, concepts and academic debates:

• New content on: mobilities paradigm and the emotional dimension of tourist experiences.

• New chapter: Tourism and the Digital Revolution, looking at the ways in which the Internet and mobile technology transform both tourist behaviour and the tourist experience.

• New end-of-chapter further reading and discussion topics.

Accessible yet critical in style, this book offers students an invaluable introduction to tourism, tourists and society.

Table of Contents


Chapter One. Tourism: A sociological approach

Chapter Two. The Evolution of Tourism

Chapter Three. Tourism, modernity and postmodernity

Chapter Four. Tourists: Roles and typologies

Chapter Five. Tourism and tourist motivation

Chapter Six. The Consumption of Tourism

Chapter Seven. Tourism and the digital revolution

Chapter Eight. Tourism: spiritual and emotional responses

Chapter Nine. Tourism and authenticity

Chapter Ten. Tourism and development

Chapter Eleven. The tourist-host relationship

Chapter Twelve. Tourism: socio-cultural consequences

Chapter Thirteen. Postscript: tourism and society – towards the future



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Richard Sharpley is Professor of Tourism and Development at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK. He is co-editor of the journal Tourism Planning & Development.


‘Now in its fifth edition, Tourism, Tourists and Society offers an ideal introductory text for those interested in the sociological issues of contemporary tourism. Richard Sharpley is to be commended for communicating complex sociological theories and concepts in an accessible and interesting way. The book is comprehensive, well-structured and full of thought-provoking examples.’ - John Tribe, University of Surrey, UK.

'An established part of the literature exploring the often contentious relationship between tourism activity and the societies involved in both being and hosting tourists, the new edition of Tourism, Tourists and Society acknowledges and debates the significant changes in global society and the consumption of tourism via the addition of new material on contemporary topics that are transforming the tourist experience.’ - Anna Leask, Edinburgh Napier University, UK.