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Postmodernist theory and its relationship to tourism research
journal contributionposted on 2005-01-01, 00:00 authored by A Edwards, J Skinner, Keith Gilbert
This article highlights the theoretical notion of Postmodernism and attempts to place Tourism research into the postmodernism frame of reference. This is achieved by a brief description of the theory and further development in section two which reviews the challenges of postmodernism to research in the tourism field. There is then an endeavour to intertwine the constructs of postmodernist theory and to illustrate how it can relate to the tourism industry and in particular contemporary tourism. Indeed, we argue that even though a number of authors have begun to chart the sociological dimensions of post-modem tourism they have done so without highlighting the definitions and structure of postmodernist theory. Examples are given in order to support the theoretical approach to research which we suggest in this paper and every effort is undertaken in order to argue that postmodernist research in tourism can be beneficial and fruitful tor future directions. Consequently this article attempts to dispel some of the widespread bemusement concerning post-modem theories and post-modern tourism by reviewing some of the recent developments in the area and suggesting further research.