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Sociological impressionism in a hospitality context.

  Qualitative research approaches in hospitality are underdeveloped. As a contribution to addressing this shortcoming, sociological impressionism—a form of autobiographical sociology—is described and associated issues are examined. The methodological discussion is
contextualized within the homestay sector and historical developments in qualitative research. An overview of previous significant investigations of commercial and private homes is supplied and their research methods are appraised. A synopsis of the principal findings
from the current study employing sociological impressionism is provided. Methodological
issues considered include selectivity, sociological considerations and semiotics, host-guest
matching, and the autonomy of qualitative work. The potential of this research theme in
exploring intangible dimensions of hospitality is highlighted.

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    30 November 2004

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    GV Recreation Leisure

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    338.479 Travel related services


Lynch, P. (2004). Sociological impressionism in a hospitality context. Annals of Tourism Research. 32, 527-548. doi:10.1016/j.annals.2004.09.005. ISSN 0160-7383



Commercial homes; Homestay; Sociological impressionism;

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