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Host/guest encounters in the commercial home

Di Domenico, Maria Laura and Lynch, Paul A. (2007) Host/guest encounters in the commercial home. Leisure Studies, 26 (3). pp. 321-338. ISSN 0261-4367

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Abstract

Commercial homes, which provide hospitality where the private home dimension is significant, blur traditional boundaries between home and work and social constructions of hospitableness versus hospitality. Drawing on interviews with owner-managers of these micro businesses and a guest-researcher's experiences and observations, this paper explores the home space as a dual-purpose site of both commercial work and domestic retreat. First, use and meanings of domestic symbols in performances on the home as stage are examined. Second, there is an exploration of social control and spatial management strategies employed by hosts and guests. The findings reveal that domestic symbols add to the construction and interpretation of negotiated normative practices within these home-based enterprises. They may adopt the role of identity markers and communication tools. Hosts employ an array of mechanisms to achieve physical or emotional distance between the domains of home and work. Social constructs may be subtle as well as explicit, including spatial as well as temporal mechanisms of social control and boundary setting, framed by unspoken protocols.

Item type: Article
ID code: 8014
Notes: Also published in Hospitality: A Social Lens (2006), Elsevier: London. ISBN: 0-08-045093-8.
Keywords: commercial home, host–guest encounters, performances, social control, hospitality, leisure studies, Commerce, Recreation Leisure, Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management, Geography, Planning and Development
Subjects: Social Sciences > Commerce
Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > Recreation Leisure
Department: Unknown Department
Strathclyde Business School > Strategy and Organisation
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    Date Deposited: 14 May 2009 16:05
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 20:47
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/8014

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