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Treating the hotel like a home: the contribution of studying the single location home/workplace

Seymour, Julie


Julie Seymour


This article contributes to research on the dynamic of space and social life by examining a comparatively uncommon, configuration; that of the single location home/workplace, It draws on an empirical study of family-run hotels, pubs and boarding houses to examine family practices in locations which are both home and business. It considers the ways that the routines of everyday family life are prescribed by the spatial, temporal and legal demands of the business but also how families actively protect against, incorporate and resist such demands. The use of an atypical case will contribute to work on family studies by highlighting the contrasts and similarities with more mainstream settings where the home and paid employment occur in spatially discrete locations. It shows how a family practices perspective can be applicable across theoretical divides and enhance the study of spatiality.


Seymour, J. (2007). Treating the hotel like a home: the contribution of studying the single location home/workplace. Sociology, 41(6), (1097-1114). doi:10.1177/0038038507082317. ISSN 0038-0385

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2007
Publicly Available Date
Print ISSN 0038-0385
Electronic ISSN 1469-8684
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 6
Pages 1097-1114
Keywords Childhood; Family practices; Hotels; Spatiality; Time; Work—life balance
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