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More than putting on a performance in commercial homes: merging family practices and critical hospitality studies

Seymour, Julie

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Julie Seymour

Abstract

Critical hospitality studies and family studies have shown a developing theoretical convergence predicated by the ‘social turn’ in the study of hospitality. Recent hospitality research on ‘Commercial Homes’ has drawn strongly on Goffman's concept of performance to examine both guest and host behaviours. In contrast, this article introduces the family studies concept of ‘displaying families’. This concept emphasises the family practices of host families as well as the commercial practices privileged in studies of hospitality. It also widens the often individualised focus on the (adult) host(s) to one that incorporates the host family. Drawing on empirical evidence, it appears that, for the hosts, displaying families in Commercial Homes is a complex and, apparently paradoxical, mix of presentation and reticence – the family has to be highly visible but not publicly privileged over guests. The inclusion of the concept of display will serve to illuminate further the arenas where family, commercial and hospitality practices intersect.

Publication Date Jul 3, 2015
Journal Annals of leisure research
Print ISSN 1174-5398
Electronic ISSN 2159-6816
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 3
Pages 414-430
Institution Citation Seymour, J. (2015). More than putting on a performance in commercial homes: merging family practices and critical hospitality studies. Annals of leisure research, 18(3), 414-430. https://doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2015.1078247
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2015.1078247
Keywords Family; Commercial homes; Performance; Displaying families; Theory
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/11745398.2015.1078247
Copyright Statement ©2017 University of Hull
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Annals of leisure research on 01/09/2015, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline...0/11745398.2015.1078247

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