About the Author
David Harrison is a sociologist/anthropologist of development and has spent two decades teaching sociology at Sussex University in the UK and later taught for nine years at the University of the South Pacific and for ten years at London Metropolitan University, before going to Middlesex University in 2014. His basic approach to development issues emerged in his single-authored text The Sociology of Modernization and Development (1988), and he went on to edit numerous books on tourism, including Tourism and the Less Developed Countries (1992), Tourism and the Less Developed World (2001) and Pacific Island Tourism (2003), and co-editor of many others, including The Politics of World Heritage (with Michael Hitchcock (2005), and Tourism in Pacific Islands (with Stephen Pratt) (2015). He has also written numerous papers in refereed journals and chapters in books on tourism and development.
A Fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, David imbued the sociological perspective when an undergraduate and since then has been fascinated by social behavior in different societies. Since the late 1980's, his key research interests have been the global role of tourism as a development tool, with particular reference to tourism's economic, social and cultural impacts. He has carried out research in the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Southern Africa, South-east Asia and the South Pacific.
Table of Contents
Part One: General Themes Less Developed Countries and Tourism: The Overall Pattern * Tourism and Less Developed Countries: Key Issues * Tourism Challenges in Developing Nations: Continuity and Change at the MillenniumPart Two: Tourism in Specific Regions * Human Resources in Tourism Development: African Perspectives * Tourism in the Southern Common Market: MERCOSUL * Tourism and Development in Communist and Post-communist Societies * Tourism Development in China: The Dilemma of Bureaucratic Decentralization and Economic Liberalisation * Japan and Tourism in the Pacific Rim: Locating a Sphere of Influence in the Global Economy * Indian Tourism: Policy, Performance and Pitfalls * The Journey: An Overview of Travel and Tourism in the Arab Islamic ContextPart Three: Selected Case Studies Mass Tourism and Alternative Tourism in the Caribbean * Resort based Tourism on the Pleasure Periphery * Child Sex Tourism in Thailand * Community-based Ecotourism, Social Exclusion and the Changing Political Economy of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa * Wallace's Line: Implications for Conservation and Ecotourism in Indonesia * Ecotourism Development in the Rural Highlands in Fiji Part Four: In Conclusion * Afterword