Action Anthropology: Methodological Innovations in Tourism Research

Cole, S. 2005. Action Anthropology: Methodological Innovations in Tourism Research. Tourism Recreation Research. 30 (2), pp. 65-72. https://doi.org/10.1080/02508281.2005.11081474

TitleAction Anthropology: Methodological Innovations in Tourism Research
TypeJournal article
AuthorsCole, S.
Abstract

Anthropologists have made a significant contribution to the study of tourism. Action anthropology steers a deliberate path between applied anthropology and interpretative anthropology (Johansen 1992). It can provide the means by which people within a community represent themselves and identify the nature and solution to their problems (Gardener and Lewis 1996). As part of a long-term study of tourism development in Eastern Indonesia, this case study provides a practitioner's view of field methods. Focus groups were used to discuss issues about tourism, for both practical and theoretical ends. Using focus groups enabled the learning to be a two way process. The applied anthropologist in this case helped to make tourism processes intelligible to the villagers while attempting to gain an emic view on tourism and its development in two villages, Ngadha and Flores in Indonesia.

Keywordsaction anthropology
focus groups
Indonesia
JournalTourism Recreation Research
Journal citation30 (2), pp. 65-72
ISSN0250-8281
Year2005
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/02508281.2005.11081474
Publication dates
Published12 Jan 2005

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