Discovery of Tourism
The book will follow the precedent set by Dennison Nash's Tourism Social Science Series anthology, The Study of Tourism. The proposed volume, The Discovery of Tourism, will present the personal histories of some of the world's leading tourism geographers, many of whom pioneered the field. The geographic study of tourism is a global phenomenon. Thus, this collection will describe present the stories of scholars working in many different nations. These stories will reveal the divers personalities, passions, and peculiarities behind the authors' choice of tourism as a specialization. Such experiences are worth reporting as a celebration of the global community of geographic scholars - current and future - working in tourism. Being able to read the histories of senior scholars may help younger scholars as well as students, whether in geography or other social sciences, appreciate the challenges and rewards of a life devoted to the study of tourism. Tourism geographers do not work only in departments of geography but in other academic units such as business or tourism schools. This dispersal of geographers among different academic departments will be one of the topics addressed by some of the contributing authors and it reflects the broad intellectual curiosity, capacity, and contributions of tourism geographers. Further, it means that these personal histories will be of interest to scholars outside the field of tourism geography.
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