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Actor Network Theory and Tourism : Ordering, Materiality and Multiplicity

ISBN: 9780415620727 | 0415620724
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Routledge
Pub. Date: 3/23/2012

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Actor-network theory (ANT) is among the approaches to have emerged of late in the field of tourism correlated to an interest in the understanding of the tourism phenomena as a complex system of relational practices connecting cultures, natures and technologies in multifarious ways. Despite the widespread application of ANT across the social sciences no book has dealt with the practical and theoretical implications of using ANT in Tourism research. This is the first book to critically engage with the application of actor-network theory (ANT) in tourism studies. By doing so it challenges approaches that have dominated the literature for the last 20 yrs and casts new light on issues of materiality, ordering and networks in Tourism. It further aims to aid understanding about the approach, its possibilities and limitations as an ontology and research methodology as well as advance its use and research in the field of tourism. The book is divided in two parts. Part 1 introduces ANT and its key conceptual premises and consists of 3 chapters which introduce the book, ANT and the relation between ANT and tourism studies. Part 2 deals with specific subject areas and shows how ANT contributes to tourism studies. This part presents examples and cases which illustrate the use of the approach in a critical way. Inherently the study of tourism is a multi-disciplinary field of research and that is reflected in the diverse academic backgrounds of the contributing authors to provide a broad post-disciplinary context of ANT in Tourism studies. This unique book focusing on emerging approaches in tourism research will be of value to students, researchers and academics in Tourism as well as the wider Social Sciences.

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