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Mundane welcome: Hospitality as life politics

Lynch, Paul


Paul Lynch


This research explores the experience of mundane welcome and elaborates the emergent concept, ‘hospitality life politics’ (HLP), referring to hospitality practises invoked by the individual in order to negotiate the world on a day-to-day basis. Themes emerging from the ethnographic study are presented: sense of welcome; welcome habitus; ontological search for trust and security; welcome anchorages; the welcome assemblage; welcome as social oil; non-welcome; HLP as agency. Consideration is given to the theoretical implications of HLP, and the possibilities of hospitality in terms of creating healthy societies and its important role in advancing understandings of tourism.


Lynch, P. (2017). Mundane welcome: Hospitality as life politics. Annals of Tourism Research, 64, 174-184.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 2, 2017
Online Publication Date Apr 21, 2017
Publication Date 2017-05
Deposit Date Apr 4, 2017
Publicly Available Date Apr 22, 2019
Journal Annals of Tourism Research
Print ISSN 0160-7383
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 64
Pages 174-184
Keywords Welcome, sense, habitus, ontological search, anchorages, agency
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