Evolution of tourism studies: Developing generation T knowledge

Sebastian Filep, Michael Hughes, Fiona Wheeler

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Tourism as an academic field is at a generational crossroad. The founders are retiring and being succeeded by a new generation of scholars often with tourism focused undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. This new generation could be labelled Generation T and is characterized by a multidisciplinary education associated with a broad field of study. This generation is commonly considered to lack the advantages of a specific discipline focused education in terms of theoretical and methodological foundations. However, theoretical and methodological development in tourism will become a primary responsibility of this new generation and there is uncertainty about how Generation T could contribute constructively to this development. This paper outlines the potential of Generation T to contribute to the evolution of tourism studies through the development of tourism theory and adoption of mixed methodological perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTourism: Creating a Brilliant Blend
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9870507-0-0
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2011


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