For the past two days, we have been posting four books by women authors that we feel have changed tourism and today is no different. In celebration of Academic Book Week, today we would like to start by celebrating the first full text on qualitative methods in tourism. Jenny Phillimore and Lisa Goodson’s 2004 edited book, Qualitative Research in Tourism: Ontologies, Epistemologies and Methodologies introduced ‘new’ tourism methodologies. Surprisingly, even though the field of tourism is inter, multi or trans-disciplinary depending on who you talk to, it is still dominated by quantitative methods. This book deserves to be celebrated as it was one of the steps that has helped to mainstream qualitative approaches, which are most suitable for providing us with in-depth understandings of tourism and tourism processes.
Another first for tourism comes in the form of An Introduction to Visual Research Methods in Tourism by Tijana Rakić and Donna Chambers. Again, this was and is an important text for tourism researchers as much of the industry’s ability to sell destinations lies in the images it creates and promotes. More critical analyses of international relations may also focus on how people are packaged and pictured, visual methods can also provide a bridge for intercultural or cross-cultural research. Interestingly the majority of the chapters in both this book and the previous are authored by women.
Jennie Germann Molz’s 2012 book Travel Connections Tourism, Technology and
Togetherness in a Mobile World has helped to update concepts such as the tourist gaze for the world we live in today. This book is particularly important for tourism researchers who are searching for ways to study technology and tourism, but are not overly keen on terming their work netnography. The book is still very relevant for those looking to theorise mobile connections and social media beyond the tourist decision process or e-word of mouth.
In line with the last post, one book that is definitely set to change tourism is Femininities in the Field Tourism and Transdisciplinary Research by Brooke Porter and Heike Schänzel. Nothing really prepares you for your first time ‘in the field’, but if you or somebody you know is planning on doing field work, you need this book. Each chapter is a reflective account of fieldwork and the issues and barriers that we face, which can be a lot higher if you happen to be in a female body. The stories that unfold here are very different to the often imagined solo male researcher, so we applaud this book for challenging stereotypes and opening conversation on topics that appear almost taboo, such as the breastfeeding researcher.