With a word limit of 1500 per critique (plus or minus no more than 10%), your critique must include critical discussion of the following (please use the three headings below in bold to divide your work into three sections):
i) Phenomenon, Aim, Scope (about 300 words)
• What is the main subject or ‘phenomenon’ being investigated here? E.g. music events in rural France and their promotional strategies; motivations to attend Saint Patrick’s Day parades in New York vs. Dublin; participation by blind people in cricket in India; tourists’ experience of live music in Mali; accessible design of fitness centres in New Zealand.
• What is the author’s (or authors’) particular contribution to understanding and knowledge of this subject or phenomenon? What is their aim? This is usually but not always set out at the beginning of the article. Summarise their research questions/objectives in your own words (about 100 words). If these are unclear or ambiguous, please say so.
• Is the research specific to one geographical location (e.g. a country, region, site)? Is it specific to a particular activity (e.g. ‘extreme sports’)? Does it refer to one particular population (e.g. adolescent males), or type of organization (e.g. small music venues with a specialist audience)? Does it refer to the present day or to development over a longer period (e.g., growth of wine festivals in California since 2000, the ‘legacy’ of the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games)?
ii) Scope of the Literature Review, Theoretical Framework, Gap in Literature (about 400 words)
• Consider the Refereed Journal Articles cited in the article (and referenced at the end). From what subject field(s) (e.g. sports management, heritage studies, tourism management) and/or discipline(s) (e.g. anthropology, cultural geography, economic history, marketing) do they draw?
• Are these sources wide ranging (e.g. multidisciplinary) or narrow? Extensive or quite limited? Do the arguments and topics seem new and pioneering, or well established?
• Discuss the theoretical framework, i.e. underlying theories/models/concepts from which the author(s) draw, and identify and reference any key references, e.g. the ‘experience’ economy; Porter’s (1980, 1985) thesis on sources of sustainable competitive advantage.
• Does the author identify a gap in the current literature (at the time of writing) and then proceed to investigate? If so, explain the gap in your own words.