3 Main Research Paradigms in Tourism Studies

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A critical view on my view; 3 main research paradigms in tourism studies using ecotourism as an example.

Paradigm; a conceptual framework within which scientific theories are constructed, which is consistent within itself, but may need completely revising as evidence challenging the factual accuracy of some aspects of its accumulates. (Chambers 21st century dictionary, 1996)

Ecotourism; the careful development end management of tourism in areas of unspoiled natural beauty, so that the environment is preserved and the income form tourism contributes to its conservation. (Chambers 21st century dictionary, 1996)

Introduction According to Kuhn (1962), paradigms are essential to scientific inquiry, for "no natural history can be
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(Dowsly, M. (2008) Inuit-organized polar bear sport hunting in Nunavut territory, Canada) I perceive this article to be of a positive nature due to the fact that all the research is based on facts collected in the sole purpose of supporting the researchers conclusions. All the data is interpreted in one way, discarding all other views. For example the approval of the Inuit community is only measured by economical growth. Not once does the researcher ask the question what is important to the Inuit? Where lay their values? Is there awareness by the Inuit and non-Inuit about the importance of conservation methods? It seems to me that this researcher is writing a marketing report instead of really being concerned with the fate of the polar bear and its conservation. In short this article was focused on obtaining facts, describing, predicting and verifying.

Interpretive approach The interpretive approach seeks understanding and meaning into what is being researched. It treats the social world as subject, encouraging it to speak for itself, Tribe (2001).Interpretive researchers acknowledge that questions can have multiple answers depending on their and others positionalities, ideologies, rules and ends. The research is overall conducted on a qualitative basis, using quantitative methods only in an interpretative manner. While moderate and well-distributed tourism may help to upkeep attractions and preserve the environment, tourism as a mass
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