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Beyond Entrenched Positions: Towards a more Comprehensive Understanding of Methodological Choices in Tourism Research in Ghana

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Gabriel Eshun ,

De Montfort University, GB
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Seebaway Zakaria,

De Montfort University, GB
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Alexander Yao Segbefia

De Montfort University, GB
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Abstract

This paper explores the overarching reasons that prompt researchers to particular methodological traditions and choices in tourism research in Ghana. Using purposive sampling, the study selected university tourism lecturers and final year undergraduate students at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The data collection process involved in-depth interviews with the respondents as well as focus group discussions towards filling the above-mentioned knowledge gap. Using thematic analysis, this paper shows four main results inter alia: ‘external pressures on choice of methods’; ‘issues of positionality, technology and alternative approaches’; ‘perceptions of knowledge on quantitative and qualitative research traditions’; and ‘nexus of industry, society and academia’. The study concludes by heralding undertones for a paradigmatic shift from the continual dominance of tourism research by neopositivism to considering alternative methodological approaches that promote sustainable development in Africa.
How to Cite: Eshun, G., Zakaria, S. and Segbefia, A.Y., 2015. Beyond Entrenched Positions: Towards a more Comprehensive Understanding of Methodological Choices in Tourism Research in Ghana. Journal of Critical Southern Studies, 3, pp.3–39.
Published on 01 Jan 2015.
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