Sociological impressionism in a hospitality context

P.A. Lynch

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    Abstract

    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, host-guest matching, and the autonomy of qualitative work. The potential of this research theme in exploring intangible dimensions of hospitality is highlighted.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages527-548
    Number of pages21
    JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
    Volume32
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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    private home
    historical development
    research approach
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    sociology
    autonomy
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    Hospitality
    Sociology
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    Keywords

    • commercial homes
    • homestay
    • sociological impressionism
    • hospitality industry

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    Lynch, P.A. / Sociological impressionism in a hospitality context. In: Annals of Tourism Research. 2006 ; Vol. 32, No. 3. pp. 527-548.
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