Tourists, mobilities and paradigms

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Harrison, D. 2017. Tourists, mobilities and paradigms. Tourism Management. 63, pp. 329-337. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2017.07.002
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TitleTourists, mobilities and paradigms
AuthorsHarrison, D.
Abstract

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.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherElsevier
JournalTourism Management
ISSN0261-5177
Publication dates
Online12 Jul 2017
Print01 Dec 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited20 Oct 2017
Accepted03 Jul 2017
Output statusPublished
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© 2017. This author's accepted manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2017.07.002
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