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Handbook on Tourism and Rural Community Development

9781800370050 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Heather Mair, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo, Canada
Publication Date: April 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80037 005 0 Extent: c 512 pp
This Handbook brings together experts from around the world to reflect critically on the relationship between tourism and rural community development. It first orients the reader in the important conceptual and epistemological foundations of the topic, before moving to consider key concepts and the most significant and salient theoretical and methodological developments in the field.

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This Handbook brings together experts from around the world to reflect critically on the relationship between tourism and rural community development. It first orients the reader in the important conceptual and epistemological foundations of the topic, before moving to consider key concepts and the most significant and salient theoretical and methodological developments in the field.

Chapters written by a range of well-established, leading and emerging scholars in the field consider crucial issues facing tourism development in rural communities across different geographical settings. The Handbook represents a variety of traditional and emerging forms of scholarly writing, including theoretically driven chapters, empirical case studies and first person narratives, to offer a detailed study of the topic. With a forward-looking angle, it studies tourism development in rural areas, including working with rural communities, tourism governance and ethical considerations. Chapters also consider new directions in the field, examining food and tourism, degrowth, landscapes, animals, social impacts and women social entrepreneurs.

This comprehensive and innovative Handbook offers a wealth of empirical and theoretical knowledge on tourism and rural community development, and as such will be a critical resource for tourism, development studies and human geography scholars and students.
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‘Stretching well beyond the typical examination of rural tourist experiences, the authors of this collected volume set rural places and their communities front and center, driving home the message that there is no such thing as ‘good’ tourism development if it is not good for local lives and livelihoods. Both students and seasoned researchers will appreciate the book’s conceptual and epistemological content—a rarity in a research area that has largely focused on case studies. Particularly noteworthy for its global reach and inclusion of Indigenous and Black voices advocating for decolonization, this book is sure to become the foundational text on rural tourism in the post-Covid rebuild.’
– Kellee Caton, Thompson Rivers University ne Secwepemcu'lecw, Canada

‘This excellent Handbook is essential reading for anyone concerned with rural development and tourism. It is full of empirical examples and crucial concepts that affect rural communities everywhere. This collection satisfies any inquisitive mind with its balanced treatment of the ups and downs of tourism as a rural development tool.’
– Dallen J. Timothy, Arizona State University, US

‘In the wake of the recent global pandemic, tourism scholars are contending with what will follow. This work analyses the role of tourism in rural community development, with contributions from leading and emerging tourism scholars. Together, they present critical and even radical insights into the value of tourism that go far beyond its economics. Questioning the purposes of tourism, this volume centres communities and suggests the ways in which tourism can be better shaped for positive rural community futures.’
– Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, University of South Australia, Australia
Contributors
Contributors include: Roslizawati Che Aziz, Karla A. Boluk, Annæ Buchmann, Christine N. Buzinde, Blanca Camargo, Doris A. Carson, Katherine Dashper, Tawsif Dowla, Marco Eimermann, Sinead Francis-Coan, Bryan S.R. Grimwood, C. Michael Hall, Keith Hollinshead, Tazim Jamal, Sung Eun Jeon, Carol Kline, Bernard Lane, Dominic Lapointe, Emma Lee, Linda Lundmark, Michael Mackay, Heather Mair, David W. Marcouiller, Gianna Moscardo, Meghan Muldoon, Tracy Nelson, Can-Seng Ooi, Gaurav Panse, Mery Angeles Perez, Harvey C. Perkins, Girish Prayag, Brady Reid, Donald G. Reid, Kyle Rich, Alexander Safonov, Becky Shelley, Mark C.J. Stoddart, Jennifer Sumner, Nick Taylor, Kelly Vodden, Michael Wood, Xiaotao Yang, Yixi Yang
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