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Geography – Social Sciences – Tourism: a Theoretical and Methodological Overview

László Kulcsár, research fellow of iASK has written a new article: Geography – Social Sciences – Tourism a Theoretical and Methodological Overview.

The article was released in Geographical Review, 2020. No. 1., p. 2-12.



The geographical, regional approach, network research, and the focus on sustainability in scientific analysis is a strong incentive for scientific collaboration across disciplines. Providing a theoretical overview of the relationship between geography, social science, and tourism, this study argues that the combination of geographic, economic, and social science knowledge can make a significant contribution to the development of tourism as a scholarly field, and that beyond this it can also be useful to central and local governments in their efforts to develop tourism. Geography has a long tradition of integrating the results of other sciences, both prior to 1990 and after. The mutual exchange between geography, economics, and social sciences has been particularly pronounced since 1990 in Hungary. This does not mean, however, that the ‘geographical idea’ has been included sufficiently within the multidisciplinary field. Today, scientific work in which geographic approaches to social science and economics are integral is rare. Tourism may be one of the areas of analysis where this is perhaps most easily achieved. Therefore, in the future, interdisciplinary approaches in the field of tourism research need to be given much broader scope.


The article is available in Hungarian here.


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