Research Output

Reflections on the home setting in hospitality.

  This article builds on an ongoing debate regarding the nature of hospitality
management education by adopting a social scientific
approach to the study of hospitality. It does so through focusing on
the home setting. Major themes from studies on the private home are
described and their relevance to understanding the traditional commercial
home suggested. The themes relate to meanings of home,
anthropomorphic home, behaviours in the home, home and gender,
tyrannical and affectionate associations, home as virtual community,
the home and hotel as antithetical concepts. Home is identified as an
alternative benchmark to the hotel for the analysis of commercial
homes. The commercial home is theorised as a distinctive dichotomous
organisation owing to its fusion of the social, commercial and
domestic domains. Emerging from the review, a challenging new
research agenda for the traditional commercial home focusing on
‘soft’ concepts and dimensions is proposed.

  • Type:


  • Date:

    31 March 2005

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  • Publisher

    Cambridge University Press for Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education

  • ISSN:


  • Library of Congress:

    GV Recreation Leisure

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    338.4791 Tourist industry


Lynch, P. (2005). Reflections on the home setting in hospitality. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management. 12ISSN 1447-6770



Hospitality management education; home setting; commercial home;

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