1st Edition

In Search of Hospitality

ISBN 9780750654319
Published October 9, 2001 by Routledge
318 Pages

USD $54.95

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Book Description

'In Search of Hospitality' is a unique contribution to the study of hospitality, exploring the practice of hospitality across disciplines, and adopting an international perspective where appropriate.

This title brings together an extraordinary collection of leading researches and writers in hospitality, sociology, philosophy and social history, thereby providing a broad and comprehensive perspective on hospitality. It focuses the study of hospitality across the range of human, social and economic settings, and provides a reference point for the future development of hospitality as an academic discipline.

Harnessing this wide range of viewpoints, 'In Search of Hospitality' offers an intellectually stimulating and innovative approach to the study of hospitality. It is ideal for students and academics within both the applied fields of hospitality and tourism studies and the general fields of business studies and behaviour sciences. It is also suitable for practitioners in hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses, for whom it provides a provocative and informative guide to understanding and providing hospitality within a commercial context.

Table of Contents

Towards a theoretical understanding (Lashley); An anthropology of hospitality (Selwyn); The philosophy of hospitableness (Telfer); The hospitality trades: a social history (Walton); Putting up? Gender, hospitality and performance (Darke & Gurney); Home and commercialised hospitality (Lynch & MacWhannell); Mediated meaning of hospitality (Randall); Hospitality and hospitality management (Brotherton & Wood); Managing hospitality operations (Lockwood & Jones); Social scientific ways of knowing hospitality (Botterill); Humour in commercial hospitality settings (Ball & Johnson); Consuming hospitality: learning from post-modernism? (Williams); Consuming hospitality on holiday (Andrews); Working in Hospitality (Guerrier & Adib); Education for Hospitality (Airey & Tribe)

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...."Conrad Lashley & Alison Morrison have included chapters from an impressive range of hospitality & social science contributors" This book goes a long way to achieving its stated aim of opening up the field of debate & establishing hospitality management as a logitimate social science in its own right. The book is as eclectic as the subject that it seeks to explore, & it contain glimmerings that there is ewly-discovered depth in hospitality management as a social science that is worth a fresh & more integrated research effort. Perhaps academics of the future will remark that a more mature & credible hospitality agenda began here.
Hadyn Ingram, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

An excellent text for both hospitality students and Workers, 14 October, 2001
Reviewer: A reader from England
This book is an excellent example of what Hospitality books should be like. It gives different perspectives and arguments to most Hospitality books. The book is split in to 15 chapters. At the end of each chapter there are conclusions, Notes and References (most helpful). This book covers a broad range of subjects within the hospitality industry and at suprising depth. This book is a must for Hospitality Students at both degree level and at GNVQ. The Hospitality Students Bible. - reviews entered on amazon