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Hospitality workers and the relational spaces of labor (im)mobility
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Tourism Studies and Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6176-3595
2017 (English)In: Tourism Geographies, ISSN 1461-6688, E-ISSN 1470-1340, 1-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Building on the recent interest among labor geographers for workers’ ability to strategize around their mobility, and tourism researchers’ longstanding examination of mobile tourism workers, this paper explores the mobility agency of differently positioned hospitality workers. The findings suggest that workers are not always ‘strategic’ in relation to labor mobility, and that labor mobility and career paths must be recognized as fragmented, happenstance and erratic. Furthermore, this article argues for an approach to the study of mobile tourism workers that takes the relational as well as temporal aspects into account. This endeavor is in particular guided by the notion of stories-so-far and the understanding of people as both being and becoming. The empirical basis of this paper consists of 22 interviews with hospitality workers in four hotel workplaces in Sweden; the luxury city hotel, the suburban chain hotel, the city chain hotel and the seasonal hotel. Ultimately, I suggest that the multifaceted complex of considerations which workers negotiate, could be conceptualized as the relational spaces of labor (im)mobility.

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2017. 1-18 p.
Keyword [en]
hospitality workers, Labor mobility, mobility agency, relational space, Sweden, ‘stories-so-far’
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-30989DOI: 10.1080/14616688.2017.1331259OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-30989DiVA: diva2:1115074
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Published online: 23 May 2017

Available from: 2017-06-26 Created: 2017-06-26 Last updated: 2017-06-26Bibliographically approved

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