tourism paradoxes

challenges to scholarship and practice

ISA-RC50 in-between conference

6-9 april 2016, chiang mai, thailand

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The International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on International Tourism (RC50) aims to encourage the international dissemination and exchange of information on significant developments in tourism social studies.

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During its course of nearing four decades tourism studies has covered much disciplinary,

thematic and methodological ground. Whilst the field has forged significant practical and conceptual benchmarks, international tourism is said to be entering something of a ‘new era’, and so scholarship in tourism now stands at a philosophical and ethical crossroads. The “International Tourism” Research Committee (RC50) of the International Sociological Association thus proposes an opportunity to reengage with these salient issues in tourism studies and thereby develop possible pathways for its future. By identifying the often incongruent and paradoxical dyads in tourism studies, the conference aims to consider what is needed, conceptually and methodologically, in order to equip tourism studies to interpret this new era.

Conference Themes

We invite papers that engage a social / cultural studies approach to tourism

in the following subfields:

Dyads identified (but not limited to):

(i) Colonization ---- Post-colonization & De-colonization

(ii) Political Prowess ---- Peoples’ Empowerment

(iii) Production ---- Consumption (Continuum )

(iv) Symbolism ---- Signification Dynamics

(v) Formal Sector ---- Informal Economies (incl. Entrepreneurs)

(vi) Assimilation ---- Diversity

(vii) Globally Standardized ---- Locally Stylized

(viii) Singular ---- Multiple Identities (Ethnic, National, Trans)

(ix) Borders ---- (De)Militarized Zones

(x) Anglo-Western Centrism ---- Decentering tourism studies

Methodology Matters:

(i) Modes of Knowledge: ontological and epistemological pluralism

(ii) Key turns of social science (constituents, rejections, advances)

(iii) Realist/neo-positivist approaches and methods

(iv) Soft science/Interpretive approaches and methods

(v) Discourse ---- Praxis

Many thanks to all for a successful conference!

Dr. Erik Cohen (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) on

The Paradox of Space Tourism

Featuring Keynote Speakers

Dr. Ana María Munar (Copenhagen Business School) on

Compliance and Dissent in the House of Tourism Studies

Dr. Vincent Platenkamp (NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences) on

The International Tourism Academia: A Paradoxical Challenge