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Embodying Cosmopolitan Paradigms in Tourism Research

Margaret Byrne Swain (University of California, Davis, USA)

Tourism Research Paradigms: Critical and Emergent Knowledges

ISBN: 978-1-78350-929-4, eISBN: 978-1-78350-930-0

ISSN: 1571-5043

Publication date: 31 May 2016


This chapter engages cosmopolitan and feminist paradigms of knowledge production through their shared ethics of social justice, equality, and diversity, promoting integration into an emerging postdisciplinary focus on embodied cosmopolitanism(s) as a promising way forward in tourism studies. Cosmopolitan paradigms theorize the dialectics of cultural diversity and universal rights, while feminist cosmopolitanism focuses on gender and sexuality equality and difference within this intersection. An embodied approach combines work on “the body” and “situated embodiment” with the cosmopolitan to embrace all human differences and acknowledge that the researchers’ own embodied cosmopolitanism affects research questions, ethics, and praxis toward transformation in research communities and the academy.



Swain, M.B. (2016), "Embodying Cosmopolitan Paradigms in Tourism Research", Tourism Research Paradigms: Critical and Emergent Knowledges (Tourism Social Science Series, Vol. 22), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 87-111.



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