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Family perspectives on social hospitality dimensions while on holiday

Sch�nzel, Heike A; Lynch, Paul A; Schanzel, Heike; Lynch, Paul


Heike A Sch�nzel

Paul A Lynch

Heike Schanzel

Paul Lynch


This article focuses on neglected social hospitality dimensions of food and accommodation on family holidays. Holidays signify concentrated periods of family time not only allowing for more shared food experiences but also necessitating more confined living spaces compared to home. A whole-family methodology was used as a critical and holistic approach to understand the holiday experiences of 10 families. Positive and negative memories of hospitality encounters for different family members are illustrated through the emotive concepts of commensality and spatiality highlighting their embodied, visible and interactive aspects. Family meals take on symbolic and publicly celebrated characteristics, whereas shared accommodation space is privately contested. The theoretical implications of the antithetical nature of family hospitality dimensions are further discussed and the family tourism research agenda is further developed.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 20, 2015
Online Publication Date Jul 20, 2015
Publication Date 2016-06
Deposit Date Jun 2, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jul 21, 2016
Journal Tourist Studies
Print ISSN 1468-7976
Electronic ISSN 1741-3206
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 2
Pages 133-150
Keywords accommodation space; children; commensality; embodiment; family holiday experiences; memories; social hospitality; sociality; spatiality; whole-family methodology;
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Contract Date Jun 2, 2015


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DOI: 10.1177/1468797615594742

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