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Hospitality in wild places

Hospitality in wild places

Varley, Peter, Farkic, Jelena ORCID: 0000-0002-2135-2254 and Carnicelli, Sandro (2018) Hospitality in wild places. Hospitality & Society, 8 (2). pp. 137-157. ISSN 2042-7913 (doi:

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We contribute to the hospitality work research agenda by reconsidering the role of outdoor adventure guides as agents of hospitality, set against a conceptual back- drop of deepening ontological insecurity in industrialized societies. We argue that the concepts of dwelling, communitas and hygge have much to offer in the delivery of outdoor hospitality in general, and in outdoor adventure tourism scenarios in partic- ular. Although originating from the Danes and their ideas of ‘cosy indoor life’, the concept of hygge has recently gained global attention in the debates around creat- ing comfortable atmospheres at home, and in fostering people’s emotional well-being on holiday. Moving the concept along, we suggest the stimulation of hygge in the outdoors, along with provision of the space to dwell and the stage management of the communal effervescence of communitas as part of the crucial skill set for the outdoor guide. We opine that such conceptualization can greatly inform our understanding of both the role of the outdoor guide and of the dynamics of deliverable hospitable experience more generally.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: hospitality, outdoor guiding, comfort, hygge, dwelling, communitas
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2020 13:02

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