In Search of Hospitality

1st Edition

Authors: Conrad Lashley Alison Morrison
Paperback ISBN: 9780750654319
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 10th September 2001
Page Count: 320


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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)


'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.

Key Features

an outstanding text in hospitality management literature, now in a paperback edition draws together thinking and influences from a diverse range of both national and international perspectives provocative and informative, appeals to both academics and practitioners, with contributions from leading hospitality experts.


Hospitality, leisure and tourism lecturers and academics undertaking research in hospitality. Undergraduate, postgraduate and MBS students of hospitality and tourism degrees. HCIMA students and members.


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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

About the Authors

Conrad Lashley Author

Professor Conrad Lashley is Professor of Leisure Retailing at the Centre for Leisure Retailing at the Nottingham Business School. His research interests have largely been concerned with service quality management, and specifically employee empowerment in service delivery. He works closely with several major industry organizations including the British Institute of Innkeeping, J. D. Wetherspoon and McDonald’s Restaurants Limited.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Leisure Retailing, Centre for Leisure Retailing, Nottingham Business School, UK

Alison Morrison Author

She has an MSc in Entrepreneurial Studies and her Ph.D. thesis investigated small firm strategic alliances. Since 1979 she has been an entrepreneur in her own right, owning and operating a number of restaurant and hotel businesses. In addition, she regularly undertakes consultancy projects for entrepreneurs both in the UK and internationally.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer, The Scottish Hotel School, University of Strathclyde, UK