For human geographers, a central theme within the discipline is
interpreting and understanding our changing world - a world in
which geographic patterns are constantly being reworked by powerful
forces of change. These forces include population shifts, new
patterns of economic production and consumption, evolving social
and political structures, new forms of urbanism, and globalisation
and the compressions of time and space that are the product of the
ongoing revolutions in information technology and
telecommunications. This book attempts to show how tourism has also
come to be a major force for change as an integral and
indispensable part of the places in which we live, their economies
and their societies. When scarcely a corner of the globe remains
untouched by the influence of tourism, this is a phenomenon that we
can no longer ignore. Tourism is also an intensely geographic
phenomenon. It exists through the desire of people to move in
search of embodied experience of other places as individuals and en
mass and at scales from the local to the increasingly global.
Tourism creates distinctive relationships between people (as
tourists) and the host spaces, places and people they visit, which
has significant implications for destination development and
resource use and exploitation, which are exhibited through a range
of economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts that have
important implications for local geographies. This third edition of
Tourism Geography: critical understandings of place, space and
experience presents an essential understanding of critical
perspectives on how tourism places and spaces are created and
maintained. Drawing on the holistic nature of geography, a range of
social science disciplinary views are presented, including both
historical and contemporary perspectives. Fundamentally, however,
the book strives to connect tourism to key geographical concepts of
globalisation, mobility, production and consumption, physical
landscapes, and post-industrial change. The book is arranged in
five parts. Part I provides an overview of fundamental tourism
definitions and concepts, along with an introduction to some of the
major themes in contemporary geographic research on tourism, which
are further developed in subsequent chapters of this book. In Part
II the discussion focuses on how spatial patterns of modern tourism
have evolved through time from regional to global geographies. Part
III offers an extended discussion of how tourism relates to places
that are toured through their economic landscape, contemporary
environmental change and socio-cultural relations. Part IV explores
a range of major themes in the geographies of tourism, including
place creation and promotion, the transformation of urban tourism,
heritage and place identity, and creating personal identity through
consumption, encounters with nature and other embodied forms of
tourism experience. Part V turns to applied geography with an
overview of the different roles of planning for tourism as a means
of spatial regulation of the activity, and a look at emerging
themes in the critical geography of contemporary and future
geographies of tourism. This third edition has been revised by Dr
Alan A. Lew, who becomes the new co-author of Tourism Geography.
Some of the major revisions that I have incorporated include moving
most of the case study boxes to the website
http://tourismgeography.com, which will provide a growing wealth of
new case studies, over time. I have also incorporated new material,
reorganised some of the content to balance the topics covered,
created a new concluding chapter that explores some recently
emerging perspectives in critical tourism geography, and re-written
the text to make it more accessible to a global English-speaking
world. That said, the book is still very much the work of Dr
Stephen Williams. As such, it maintains its original concise yet
comprehensive review of contemporary tourism geography and the ways
in which geographers critically interpret this important global
phenomenon. It is written as an introductory text for students, and
includes guidance for further study in each chapter that can form
the basis for independent work. Lecturers using this textbook are
welcome to contribute to the book's content developing through the
supporting website by contacting me at any time.
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