The "bule" paradox in Indonesian tourism research: issues and prospects

Oktadiana, Hera, and Pearce, Philip L. (2017) The "bule" paradox in Indonesian tourism research: issues and prospects. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 22 (11). pp. 1099-1109.

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to explore the role of local and bule scholars (an Indonesian term for a white foreigner) in contributing to the international literature on tourism research about Indonesia. The conceptual underpinning of the study lies in the contemporary adaptation of Lewin's force field theory for understanding behaviour. The researchers also consider insights from critical theory to evaluate the research. A thorough bibliometric approach for appraising tourism study at the national or regional destination scale is used to shape the data collection and coding process. The interpretation of the findings reveals a powerful bule paradox: local voices are rarely present in the English literature about Indonesian tourism. The researchers reflect on the forces shaping this state of affairs. Five positive possibilities (patronage, partnerships, professionalism, pathways, and patriotic pride) are suggested for ensuring that the muted local voices become more audible.

Item ID: 51691
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1741-6507
Keywords: cultural gaze, bibliometric analysis, critical theory, bule paradox, Indonesian research, tourism publication
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2017 07:47
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150699 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900399 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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