Tourism and the Less Developed World: Issues and Case Studies

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Many less developed countries are expanding their tourism industries and these are seen to be crucial to their economic development. Yet such activities can also create social, cultural and environmental problems. This book provides a review of many of the key issues involved in tourism in developing countries and presents a range of case studies. These are interpreted from a perspective of the sociology and anthropology of development. Case study chapters are presented from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and Oceania. The book provides essential reading for advanced students and researchers in tourism and development studies.

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David Harrison is a sociologist/anthropologist of development and has spent two decades teaching sociology at Sussex University in the UK and later taught for nine years at the University of the South Pacific and for ten years at London Metropolitan University, before going to Middlesex University in 2014. His basic approach to development issues emerged in his single-authored text The Sociology of Modernization and Development (1988), and he went on to edit numerous books on tourism, including Tourism and the Less Developed Countries (1992), Tourism and the Less Developed World (2001) and Pacific Island Tourism (2003), and co-editor of many others, including The Politics of World Heritage (with Michael Hitchcock (2005), and Tourism in Pacific Islands (with Stephen Pratt) (2015). He has also written numerous papers in refereed journals and chapters in books on tourism and development. A Fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, David imbued the sociological perspective when an undergraduate and since then has been fascinated by social behavior in different societies. Since the late 1980's, his key research interests have been the global role of tourism as a development tool, with particular reference to tourism's economic, social and cultural impacts. He has carried out research in the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Southern Africa, South-east Asia and the South Pacific.

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"It perfectly fulfills its objectives. The book definitely can be recommended to anyone involved in (tourism) development."--Thomas Steiner, International Journal of Tourism Research

"The significance of tourism in less developed countries continues to be a matter of contention as many nations seek to expand their industries in pursuit of economic rewards, but become vulnerable to adverse impacts while doing so. The subject is one of relevance to all students of tourism and merits attention in order to raise awareness and improve understanding of tourism's place in contemporary society and the development process. Here, the Editor has assembled a varied and thought-provoking selection of papers to illustrate some of the key issues in the debate ... It is especially illuminating to discover more about locations which usually receive less attention as well as the better documented examples of the Caribbean and Asia Pacific. ... [T]he publication is a timely contribution to the debate about the relationship between tourism and development and a very useful addition to the literature."--Joan Henderson, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

"This collection is a useful addition to the library of anyone interested in tourism in developing countries...there is a wealth of information and insight." Ralf Buckley, Annals of Tourism Research (39) 4
"The significance of tourism in less developed countries continues to be a matter of contention as many nations seek to expand their industries in pursuit of economic rewards, but become vulnerable to adverse impacts while doing so. The subject is one of relevance to all students of tourism and merits attention in order to raise awareness and improve understanding of tourism's place in contemporary society and the development process. Here, the Editor has assembled a varied and thought-provoking selection of papers to illustrate some of the key issues in the debate ... It is especially illuminating to discover more about locations which usually receive less attention as well as the better documented examples of the Caribbean and Asia Pacific. ... [T]he publication is a timely contribution to the debate about the relationship between tourism and development and a very useful addition to the literature." --Joan Henderson, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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