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Treating the Hotel Like a Home: The Contribution of Studying the Single Location Home/Workplace

Julie Seymour
Sociology
Vol. 41, No. 6 (DECEMBER 2007), pp. 1097-1114
Published by: Sage Publications, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42858288
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

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 agánst 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.

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