Title: Ethnography on tourist spaces

Authors: Maximiliano E. Korstanje

Addresses: Department of Economics, University of Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Abstract: Tourism-related research, despite the great number of books and studies, seems to face one of its worst epistemological crises. At some extent, scholars have serious difficulties to define what tourism means. Though anthropology was the discipline more prone to tourism, as it is, a rite of passage, the current state of indiscipline claimed by Tribe, de Escalona and Korstanje as well as the autonomy of an international academy is more oriented to marketing than to science, are some of the problems tourism research faces today (Tribe, 1997, 2010; Korstanje, 2010; de Escalona, 2015). In this difficult context, Nogues Pedregal provides readers with a masterful ethnography which serves to interpret, understand and decipher the shifts over territory once tourism is adapted as a main activity. Though a lot has been written on the effects of tourism, this seminal book describes with accuracy how these transformations are gradually happening.

Keywords: epistemology of tourism; tourism; methodologies.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTA.2017.10008979

International Journal of Tourism Anthropology, 2017 Vol.6 No.1, pp.18 - 20

Received: 18 Dec 2015
Accepted: 30 Jun 2016

Published online: 16 Nov 2017 *

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