Critical realism, rationality and tourism knowledge

Platenkamp, Vincent, and Botterill, David (2013) Critical realism, rationality and tourism knowledge. Annals of Tourism Research, 41. pp. 110-129.

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Abstract

Positivism has been criticized on legitimate grounds for its absolutist and universalist claims. The tightening methodological binds that accompanied Positivism have been adequately criticized in the tourism academy. However, since the fruitful and enriching reaction of the interpretive, linguistic and critical turns another imbalance seems to penetrate tourism knowledge production, the disappearance of reality and the concomitant spread of a paralyzing relativism. Critical realism will be proposed as the route to regain ontological awareness within tourism scholarship, with the mild reservation that reality is not completely rational. Hegel's equation of reality with rationality will be rejected through an analysis of the irrational in the social world and by reference to the Dionysian impulse.

Item ID: 33352
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-7722
Keywords: constructionism; critical realism; reality; irrationality; ontology; epistemology
Date Deposited: 25 May 2014 04:15
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150699 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services @ 50%
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