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Putting Foucault to work in tourism research

Wight, A. Craig



This paper reflects on Foucault's Archaeology of Knowledge as a methodological approach in tourism research. It offers lessons from recent research focused on critiquing heritage sites and museums as examples of destination discourse. The aim is to tackle an increasingly acknowledged reluctance to declare method when carrying out Foucauldian analysis. The paper reflects on the role of discourse analysis as a methodology in tourism research before considering Foucault's specific contribution. It then offers a synthesis of Foucault's methodological ideas and presents these as an adaptable discursive analytic that can be applied to a range of tourism research contexts. It considers the methodological limits that are associated with the deployment of Foucault before a conclusion considers the novel contribution of the paper, which is an adaptable discursive analytic for tourism researchers to contemplate when thinking about how to “do” Foucauldian discourse analysis.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 3, 2018
Online Publication Date Oct 30, 2018
Publication Date 2019-02
Deposit Date Nov 12, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 31, 2020
Journal International Journal of Tourism Research
Print ISSN 1099-2340
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 1
Pages 122-133
Keywords Applied discourse theory, discursive analytic, Foucault, post‐structuralism, tourism and heritage research,
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Contract Date Aug 12, 2019


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