Article | Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research | Bed, Breakfast and Friendship: Intimacy and Distance in Small-Scale Hospitality Businesses

Title:
Bed, Breakfast and Friendship: Intimacy and Distance in Small-Scale Hospitality Businesses
Author:
Johan Hultman: Department of Service Management, Lund University, Sweden Erika Andersson Cederholm: Department of Service Management, Lund University, Sweden
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.10221365
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Year:
2010
Volume:
2
Theme:
Theme: Culture, Work and Emotion
Pages:
365-380
No. of pages:
16
Publication type:
Article
Published:
2010-09-16


Through an analysis of the narrative of a Bed and Breakfast (B & B) and art gallery owner, the emergence of intimacy as a commercial value in the hospitality industry is illustrated. This is a formation of economic value where economic rationality as a motive for commercial activity is rejected. Simultaneously though, a different set of market attitudes are performed by hospitality practitioners in the course of everyday interactions with customers, and a tension between emotional, spatial and temporal intimacy and distance is uncovered and discussed. It is concluded that commercial friendship is a more complex issue than what has been acknowledged so far in the hospitality literature. A continued discussion of intimacy in hospitality will therefore affect the cultural understanding of emotions, identity and lifestyle values on the one hand, and business strategy, value creation and markets on the other.

Keywords: Hospitality; intimacy; distance; performativity; boundary work; life-style entrepreneurs

Volume 2, Theme: Theme: Culture, Work and Emotion, Article 21, 2010

Author:
Johan Hultman, Erika Andersson Cederholm
Title:
Bed, Breakfast and Friendship: Intimacy and Distance in Small-Scale Hospitality Businesses:
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.10221365
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    Author:
    Johan Hultman, Erika Andersson Cederholm
    Title:
    Bed, Breakfast and Friendship: Intimacy and Distance in Small-Scale Hospitality Businesses:
    DOI:
    10.3384/cu.2000.1525.10221365
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