A blueprint for tourist experience and fulfilment research

Filep, Sebastian, and Pearce, Philip (2014) A blueprint for tourist experience and fulfilment research. In: Filep, Sebastian, and Pearce, Philip, (eds.) Tourist Experience and Fulfilment: insights from positive psychology. Routledge Advances in Tourism (31). Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, UK, pp. 223-232.

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[Extract] Both in communicating research ideas and in planning further studies it is useful to have succinct rubrics or blueprints to guide action. These summary devices can take many forms. Formal theories are usually considered to be the pinnacle of scientific and social science inquiry because they both integrate and direct action (Smith and Lee, 20 I 0). Models, road maps, frameworks, taxonomies and other analogous summary terms are less powerful but also serve as valuable integrative devices. The construction of these way-finding devices does however require abstracting generalisations from the details of the knowledge base. There are some recurring questions underlying this process. How is it possible to seek generalisations about tourist experiences and fulfilment through the lenses of positive psychology when we know there are one billion diverse tourists and numerous specific ways to seek fulfilment through tourism? Is it possible to seek cohesion in our studies when, for example, the research reported has been approached through positivist as well as non-positivist lenses? By identifying common threads in the available studies in this book, it is argued that some useful steps towards building a blueprint for further work are indeed possible.

Item ID: 38215
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-415-80986-3
Keywords: enhanced pleasure, competence, flow, transformation, emic perspective
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2015 06:02
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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