Tourists, mobilities and paradigms


Harrison, D. 2017. Tourists, mobilities and paradigms. Tourism Management. 63, pp. 329-337.
TitleTourists, mobilities and paradigms
AuthorsHarrison, D.

Kuhn's perception of paradigms changed over time, and eventually he considered the exemplar to be a defining feature of specialised scientific communities, the sole arbiters of scientific progress, who possess a shared lexicon, more or less incommensurable to non-members. The ensuing debate as to whether or not paradigms, including the new mobilities paradigm (NMP), are found in the social science is sum- marised, and claims it is of special relevance to tourism studies are examined. Authenticity has indeed been a key concept, but the 'discourse of authenticity' has not dominated tourism studies, and Western and Asian scholars, despite a slow start, are now increasingly and successfully applying Western social science concepts to Asian (especially Chinese) tourism without recourse to a 'Non-Western' or 'Asian' paradigm. However, while 'mobilities' is not a paradigm, the NMP is a useful perspective that is commensurable with different theoretical approaches to tourism and other forms of travel.

JournalTourism Management
Publication dates
Online12 Jul 2017
Print01 Dec 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited20 Oct 2017
Accepted03 Jul 2017
Output statusPublished
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