Title: Towards new paradigms in tourism fields: an anthropological perspective

Authors: Maximiliano E. Korstanje

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

Abstract: The present notes of research centres on the problem of fragmentation, which is experienced by tourism applied research in the recent years. Echoing the original claims issued by John Tribe -followed by many others scholars-, we discuss further on the socio-economic factors that prevented tourism its maturated and stylised form. Though we introduce a materialist viewpoint, echoing David Harvey, no less true is that the point is open to further debate, incorporating cultural viewpoints. The impulses and bursts of interest received simultaneously from social science but also by the theory of scientifisation coined by Jafar Jafari did not suffice to gain purchase over a maturated discipline. Even if followers of Jafari envisaged that the maturation of tourism hinged on the proficiency and prolificity of published works, this obscured more than it clarified. Nowadays, the epistemology of tourism is facing a serious crisis which needs immediate attention.

Keywords: truth; reality; fragmentation; postmodernism; epistemology of tourism.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTA.2018.092053

International Journal of Tourism Anthropology, 2018 Vol.6 No.2, pp.108 - 112

Received: 27 Jun 2017
Accepted: 04 Nov 2017

Published online: 18 May 2018 *

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