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Understanding Tourism

A Critical Introduction

Kevin Hannam University of Sunderland
Dan Knox Liverpool John Moores University
© 2010   240 pages   SAGE Publications Ltd   
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Paperback ISBN: 9781412922784 $48.00
Hardcover ISBN: 9781412922777 $121.00
Ebook ISBN: 9781446204290
Courses: Travel & Tourism

An insightful and original approach to different aspects of tourism...The book is admirable for the interesting, vivid and shrewd style of writing which makes it really enjoyable for reading. Fun and humour are deliberately and successfully interwoven into the elevated academic analysis, thus making this text equally valuable for professionals, academics, students and anyone else who is passionate about tourism
European Journal of Tourism Research


At last! A refreshingly lucid text for students that substantially enriches the analysis of tourism and tourists. Hannam and Knox explore the recent theoretical insights that have helped tourist studies to escape from a self-imposed academic ghetto and have multiplied approaches to making sense of tourism. Clear, concise and stimulating
Tim Edensor
Manchester Metropolitan University


With this book Hannam and Knox have gone a long way towards elevating the study of tourism from the obscure margins of social science into a bona fide research area. They encourage us to think critically about the subject and successfully interweave dominant contemporary concepts to present tourism as a social, cultural, economic, and spatial phenomenon. Students will be sure to enjoy this innovative contribution which takes a 'user-friendly' approach and provides a useful pedagogic tool for those at all levels of study
Dimitri Ioannides
Professor of Human Geography; Mid-Sweden University and ETOUR


Understanding Tourism provides an in-depth and critical analysis of tourism studies that is conceptually rich, empirically strong and extremely accessible to scholars and students of tourism. It is a refreshing analysis of an extremely complex and multidimensional global phenomenon, and raises our understanding of tourism to new heights
Dallen Timothy
Professor of Tourism Development and Management, Arizona State University


A very interesting mobilities view of tourism with useful student-friendly text and exercises
John Urry
Distinguished Professor, Lancaster University


This is a useful and accessible introduction to critical approaches to tourism that will be a value for lecturers and students alike. The provision of many thought-provoking exercises will be of benefit for both teaching and learning
Greg Richards
Annals of Tourism Research

Good reading as an introduction to Travel and Tourism for learners to gain a better understanding of the concept of tourism.

Mrs Alicia Hawkes

Education, Totton College

Oct 16 2013

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Although the exercises and fact boxes are interesting and reviews each section well and there is a good range of chapter topics I found that the quotes used throughout were quite dated. I would like to see more up to date literature and articles referred to for a 2011 reprint.

Ms Luane Quigley

Hospitality, Tourism & Sport, North West Regional College

Feb 08 2013

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excellent book for introduction to tourism course

Dr Ashraf Jahmani

department of hotel m, Al-Ahliyya Amman University

Jul 09 2012

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Very much a theoretical text with the odd case study. Some interesting observations on commodification and past and present trends. The text probably does not have the detail of a Page or Holloway to make it essential reading, but it does provide some useful supplementary material

Dr Paul Fidgeon

Schl of Tourism,Hospitality & Leisure, Thames Valley University

Nov 02 2011

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Understanding Tourism is a good tool for undergraduate and postgraduate students, introducing an indepth and critical analysis of tourism as a global and fast-changing phenomenon. The book provides a good analysis of the key issues on comtemporary tourism studies, chalenging concepts and definitions.

Mrs Goretti Silva

School of Technology, Viana do Castelo Polytechnic Institute

Apr 01 2011

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An excellent and well-written text which is clearly written and enables undergraduates to gain an insight into the theoretical aspects underpinning the industry.

Ms Carol Southall

Business School, Staffordshire University

Mar 29 2011

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Well written and up-to-date. Theoretically well-informed, yet with relevant ethnographic examples. Excercises, suggested readings and a glossary that the students find useful.

Dr Staffan Appelgren

School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg

Sep 15 2010

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An extremely accessible text covering a range of fascinating topics which will inspire and motivate students.

Dr Clare Horrocks

Faculty of Media,Arts & Social Science, Liverpool John Moores University

Sep 14 2010

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A very well writting book which offers interesting insights into tourism. A very useful book for students at any stage of a tourism course.

Mr John Newby

Department of Tourism, Sunderland University

Sep 14 2010

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This book offers a contemporary insight into tourism and the tourist environment of today. A central feature is the key thinkers and their influential school of thought identified in each of the stuctured chapters. A very good and interetsing read.

Dr Martine Middleton

Dept of Tourism & Leisure Management, Central Lancashire University

Sep 14 2010

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As more students are taking up Tourism Studies for their careers, there is always the need to have updated textbooks and criticism about the subject. This is a good textbook as it helps to provide good criticism, latest examples, and exercises to enhance each chapter.

Mr Vincent Zammit

Tourism Studies (Tour Guiding, Travel agency Operations), Institute of Tourism Studies

Jun 29 2010

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With a firm theoretical critique of the defenitional simplifications of much other tourism introductions, it fits our course aims all the way. We also like the excercies and the broad scope of subjects covered. It will replace Bella Dicks, Culture on Display as our main text.

Dr Klas Grinell

Museion, Gothenburg University

Jun 23 2010

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The book contains most specific issues and scientific disciplines around tourism, integrating them with a holistic view. Because of this, this book differs from standard tourism text books giving an overview. As I start to teach an introduction course in autumn, I am very glad to have found this book which gives an very good overview and quite a solid basic knowledge.

Dr Harald Friedl

Healt Management in Tourism, University of Applied Science

May 21 2010

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Very interesting (have not read all yet). Might even be essensial reading.

Dr Oystein Normann

Dept of Travel & Tourism, Harstad University College

Apr 08 2010

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