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Perspectives on Rural Tourism Geographies

Case Studies from Developed Nations on the Exotic, the Fringe and the Boring Bits in Between

  • Rhonda L. Koster
  • Doris A. Carson
  • Offers a much-needed contribution to the understanding of rurality in developed countries

  • Refreshes notions of tourism geographies with a collective, in-depth analysis

  • Applies a systematic comparative framework to three rural tourism contexts


Part of the Geographies of Tourism and Global Change book series (GTGC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Rhonda L. Koster
    Pages 1-13
  3. The Fringe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Rhonda L. Koster, Doris A. Carson
      Pages 83-90
  4. The Exotic Remote

  5. The Boring Bits in Between

About this book


This book examines rural tourism across three different contexts, acknowledging the complexity of rural places. It applies a systematic comparative framework across nine case studies from Australia, Canada and Sweden. The case studies address the uniqueness of different rural spaces, while the framework incorporates many theoretical aspects from human geography including spatial, historic, institutional, demographic, socio-economic and network perspectives. In the course of applying this comparative case study framework, the book identifies numerous implications for planning and policy in rural settings. 

These contributions from international, expert authors help to identify the opportunities and challenges that affect rural regions, from places at the urban fringe to exotic remote spaces and taking in the ‘boring bits in between.’ Both the analysis and the framework used will be of value to scholars and students of rurality, tourism, regional development, rural policy, geography, and destination management. Readers will gain a deeper understanding of the rural context in developed countries and a robust conceptualization of rural tourism geographies. 


Rural Tourism Remote Tourism Peripheral Tourism Rural Fringe Rural Continuum Comparative Case Study Framework

Editors and affiliations

  • Rhonda L. Koster
    • 1
  • Doris A. Carson
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and TourismLakehead UniversityOntarioCanada
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden

About the editors

Dr. Koster is a rural tourism geographer, with a research focus on the contribution of tourism towards rural sustainability in resource-based regions. She has expertise in the areas of determinants of success in rural tourism planning; building capacity for tourism development with First Nations communities; experiential tourism development and the role of Appreciative Inquiry; gateway communities and protected areas; rural tourism in the Canadian urban fringe; and frameworks for evaluating tourism as a community economic development endeavor. She has received two awards for her research – an Aboriginal Partnership Research Award and recognition as one of the top 50 researchers at Lakehead University. She has been a part of several Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-funded research projects, all focused on rural development and tourism.

Dr. Carson is an assistant professor at the Department of Geography at Umeå University in northern Sweden. She is a cultural geographer interested in the socio-economic development of small communities in sparsely populated areas. Her research focuses on changing population mobilities and their contributions to new development paths and innovation in remote resource peripheries, particularly those found in Australia and Sweden. She has previously conducted research into destination evolution and how peripheral tourism sectors can act as ‘systems of innovation’. She is currently part of several research projects funded by the Swedish Research Council Formas, which focus on the impacts of urbanization on mobilities and socio-economic change in the sparsely populated north of Sweden and Australia. She is also a co-investigator on a major project looking at sustainable Arctic tourism futures.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Perspectives on Rural Tourism Geographies
  • Book Subtitle Case Studies from Developed Nations on the Exotic, the Fringe and the Boring Bits in Between
  • Editors Rhonda L. Koster
    Doris A. Carson
  • Series Title Geographies of Tourism and Global Change
  • Series Abbreviated Title Geographies of Tourism and Global Change
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-11949-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-11952-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-11950-8
  • Series ISSN 2366-5610
  • Series E-ISSN 2366-5629
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 271
  • Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 34 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Human Geography
    Economic Geography
    Tourism Management
    Regional/Spatial Science
    Sustainable Development
    Economic Policy
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