Beyond positivism: studying the experience of farm families engaged in agritourism

Ainley, Suzanne, Phelan, Chris and Kline, Carol (2011) Beyond positivism: studying the experience of farm families engaged in agritourism. In: Seeing the Forest and the Trees - Big Picture Research in a Detail Driven World, The 42nd Annual Travel and Tourism Research Asociation (TTRA) International Conference, 19th - 21st June 2011, London, Ontario, Canada.

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Studies into agritourism have predominately privileged positivistic methodologies and quantitative approaches. As such extant studies have highlighted the economic importance of adding tourism enterprises on farms, while not adequately uncovering or probing deeply enough into the complex web of factors influencing farm families to start and operate tourism enterprises on their farms. Further the need to explore, describe and better understand the complexity of how tourism is impacting the farm, the families and rural areas continues to grow. This paper captured and documents the experience taken by three researchers while conducting independent agritourism studies following an interpretative research approach, specifically Q-Methodology, Appreciative Inquiry, and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

Keywords:Agritourism, Interpretivism, Q-Methodology, Appreciative Inquiry, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Reflexivity
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D441 Farm Management
N Business and Administrative studies > N222 Recreation/Leisure Management
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:08 Aug 2014 08:27

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