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Academic myths of tourism

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by R McKercher, Bruce Prideaux
Myths play a critical role in the development of any field of study. They act as the central point for coalition, and differentiate disciplines from each other. The absolute truthfulness of some myths, therefore is less important than their symbolic truth. Other myths, though, can be damaging, promulgating falsehoods and inhibiting the development of a field. This paper examines the roles myths have played in establishing the cult of tourism scholarship. Senior academics were surveyed to identify what they believe to be myths about tourism. Six broad categories of myth emerged: self interest; foundation; reactive stakeholder; convergent; too good not to be true; and myths inherited from other disciplines. Promulgation of these myths has been abetted by methodological inertia.

History

Volume

46

Start Page

16

End Page

28

Number of Pages

13

eISSN

1873-7722

ISSN

0160-7383

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

Pergamon Press

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Hong Kong Polytechnic University; James Cook University; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Annals of tourism research.

Exports

CQUniversity

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