tourism geography, 3rd edition
For human geographers, a central theme within the discipline is interpreting and understanding our changing world – a world in which geographic patterns are constantly being reworked by powerful forces of change. These forces include population shifts, new patterns of economic production and consumption, evolving social and political structures, new forms of urbanism, and globalisation and the compression of time and space that are the product of the ongoing revolutions in information technology and telecommunications. Through these processes, tourism has also come to be a major force for change as an integral and indispensable part of the places in which we live, their economies and their societies. When scarcely a corner of the globe remains untouched by the inﬂuence of tourism, this is a phenomenon that we can no longer ignore.
This third edition of Tourism Geography: Critical Understandings of Place, Space and Experience presents an essential understanding of critical perspectives on how tourism places and spaces are created and maintained. Drawing on the holistic nature of geography, a range of social science disciplinary views are presented, including both historical and contemporary perspectives. Fundamentally, however, the book strives to connect tourism to key geographical concepts of globalisation, mobility, production and consumption, physical landscapes, and post-industrial change.
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The book is arranged in ﬁve parts
Part I provides an overview of fundamental tourism deﬁnitions and concepts, along with an introduction to some of the major themes in contemporary geographic research on tourism, which are further developed in subsequent chapters of this book.
Part II focuses on how spatial patterns of modern tourism have evolved through time from regional to global geographies.
Part III offers an extended discussion of how tourism relates to places that are toured through their economic landscape, contemporary environmental change and sociocultural relations.
Part IV explores a range of major themes in the geographies of tourism, including place creation and promotion, the transformation of urban tourism, heritage and place identity, and creating personal identity through consumption, encounters with nature and other embodied forms of tourism experience.
Part V turns to applied geography with an overview of the different roles of planning for tourism as a means of spatial regulation of the activity, and a look at emerging themes in the critical geography of contemporary and future geographies of tourism.