Stupidity in tourism

Pratt, Stephen, and Tolkach, Denis (2020) Stupidity in tourism. Tourism Recreation Research. (In Press)

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Abstract

Various disciplines have called upon further exploration of stupidity. The issue is pertinent to tourism as well. Stupidity in tourism may occur due to the lack of sound judgment by those involved in tourism, and it can negatively impact tourists themselves, other people, animals, organisations, or destinations. We conceptualise various manifestations of stupidity in tourism by adapting Sternberg's Balanced Theory of Wisdom (2003) and Greenspan's Explanatory Model of Human Foolishness to an Imbalanced Theory of Stupidity (2019). We then view stupid behaviour through a framework developed by Cipolla in the book The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity. The framework places all people on two axes: losses/benefits to themselves and losses/benefits to others, thus resulting in four quadrants. This paper provides a basis for further investigation of the irrational behaviour of tourists and the impacts of circumstances on stupid behaviour.

Item ID: 65050
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 02850-8281
Keywords: Stupidity; foolishness; irrational behaviour; risk unawareness; tourist behaviour
Copyright Information: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2020 23:57
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience @ 70%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 30%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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