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Family perspectives on social hospitality dimensions while on holiday
  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.

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    20 July 2015

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    GV Recreation Leisure

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    338.4791 Tourist industry


Lynch, P. A., Schänzel, H. A., Schanzel, H., & Lynch, P. (2016). Family perspectives on social hospitality dimensions while on holiday. Tourist Studies, 16(2), 133-150.



accommodation space; children; commensality; embodiment; family holiday experiences; memories; social hospitality; sociality; spatiality; whole-family methodology;

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