Frameworks for Tourism Research by Douglas G. Pearce

By Douglas G. Pearce

Frameworks are the root of excellent scholarship. They constitution, arrange and speak learn, underpin person experiences and form the sector of analysis as an entire. This booklet introduces scholars to the concept that of frameworks in tourism study and offers a evaluation, dialogue and critique of frameworks. Theoretical, conceptual, analytical and integrative frameworks are all lined intimately, with the gains, use, strengths and barriers of every shape mentioned and illustrated utilizing a variety of examples and functions around the box of tourism reports.

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Few researchers working on tourism distribution, for instance, draw on the wider distribution literature in marketing (Pearce, 2010b). As a result, they have been slow to capitalize on the welldeveloped body of methods and theories found there and their approaches have arguably been less robust as a result – the quantitative proposition-testing methods that typify much of the wider distribution research have few parallels in research on tourism distribution. Conversely, little or no reference to tourism is found in the wider marketing literature (Frazier, 1999; Ford, 2002), even though tourism is one of the sectors where multichannel distribution, a theme recently attracting much interest from marketing researchers, emerged relatively early on.

T. (1981) Some notes on the geography of tourism: a comment. Canadian Geographer 25(2), 186–191, Copyright (1981), John Wiley & Sons. This material is reproduced with permission of John Wiley & Sons. (c–d) The relationship between tourism and hospitality research. Source: Redrawn from Faulkner (1998). (e–g) Concepts of the geography of tourism. Conceptual Frameworks (1981) attempted to show the relationships between tourism, leisure and recreation (Fig. 1b), concepts whose fuzziness he acknowledged.

This is most evident in confirmatory research, where formal hypotheses are being tested, but qualitative studies may also be more tightly structured, as the examples here have shown. Even more importantly, the use of theoretical frameworks is a means of situating a particular study in a larger body of knowledge. In the problem formulation phase, the specifics of a study are developed with reference to wider questions 27 and issues; that is, the use of a theoretical framework shows that research on the matter at hand illustrates some broader phenomenon such as globalization, gender issues or conflict.

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