Advancing understandings. A Linguistic Approach to Tourism Epistemology

Yaniv Belhassen, Kellee Caton

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Arguing that considerations of knowledge development should reflect a conversational, human-based view of knowledge production, this paper proposes a linguistic approach to understanding tourism epistemology. It then introduces a framework for exploring knowledge progression that includes the components of tourism morphology, or the creation and adjustment of concepts and models; the production and promotion of new interpretations and understandings; and the employment of such interpretations for the purpose of problem solving oriented to the needs of practitioners and policymakers. The paper concludes that scholars should analyze epistemological progress not only to comprehend the development of ideas and interpretations, but also as an exercise in reflectivity regarding the influence of academic forces and trends that govern the process of knowledge production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-352
Number of pages18
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2009


  • epistemology
  • language
  • sociology of knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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