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The Social Side of Tourism: The Interface between Tourism, Society, and the Environment

Answers to Global Questions from the International Competence Network of Tourism Research and Education (ICNT)


Edited By Michael Lück, Jan Velvin and Bernd Eisenstein

The International Competence Network of Tourism Research and Education (ICNT) covers various areas of research. ICNT’s third book offers insights of tourism experts with a wide range of interest and expertise on the way tourism is understood and worked in different countries around the world. The volume analyses the interface between the social, the natural, and the economic environments and focuses on an increase of competitive advantages and local value creation. This includes the social and cultural perspectives of host communities and tourists.
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Caught in the crossfire: Using participant observation to research guided tours (Spring)


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Jonathon Peter Spring

Caught in the Crossfire: Using Participant Observation to research Guided Tours

1. Introduction

Research into guided tours can provide a window into the human dimension of tourism. Guided tours are an opportunity for both the voices of the host community, guides and visitors to be heard and where the meanings that people attach to the places experienced can be explored. Participant observation is a research technique that can provide rich data for understanding tourism phenomena (Cole, 2005; KwaZulu-Natal, 2008, March), and has been used in researching guided tours (Benton, 2009; Holloway, 1981; Howard, Thwaites, & Smith, 2001; Lugosi &Bray, 2008; Seaton, 2002).

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