Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Tourism Sociology

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_2578

Tourism sociology is a branch of sociology that studies people’s motivations, roles, and institutional and interpersonal relationships in tourism and how these elements influence tourists and tourism destinations. It has four different aspects: 1. the motivations, attitudes, reactions and roles of a tourist; 2. the relationship between tourists and the local residents; 3. the development and structure of tourism systems; and 4. the influence of tourism. Tourism sociology is multi-angled rather than unified, and many schools of tourism sociology coexist. It includes schools such as development and evolution theory, neo-Durkheimian, conflict and critical theory, functionalism, Weberism, cultural anthropology, phenomenology, feminism, symbolic interactionism, and postmodernism.

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