What is Tourismology?

Tourismology is part of social sciences that focuses on the study of tourism from a social, economic, spatial and other point of view, dealing with the phenomenon in its entirety. The tourismologist is the (university) professional who understands and research tourism, considering its field of analysis as a social science in constant methodological development and related to economic and other sciences.

No single discipline alone can accommodate, treat or understand tourism; it can be studied only if disciplinary boundaries are crossed and if multidisciplinary perspectives are sought and formed.

Graburn and Jafari, 1991

In its early days, the Yugoslav geographer Zivadin Jovicic had already defined tourism as that science that seeks to define the different spatial, sociological and economic dimensions of tourism, studying the correlation between the general and the particular.

Disciplinary inputs to the tourism

J.R. Brent Ritchie, Lorn R. Sheehan and Seldjan Timur (2008) Adaption from Jafar Jafari, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Study of Tourism: Choices of disciplin and approach.

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