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Sharing economy: peer-to-peer accommodation as a foucauldian heterotopia

Sharing economy: peer-to-peer accommodation as a foucauldian heterotopia This study aims to use Foucault’s theory of heterotopian space to interpret peer-to-peer (P2P) accommodation experiences by considering the perceptions of Airbnb hosts and guests.Design/methodology/approachData for this study were collected through the use of semi-structured interviews with Airbnb hosts and guests of different cultural backgrounds.FindingsInformed by Foucault’s heterotopology, study findings identify and discuss the spatial dimensions at the micro-scale that distinguish P2P accommodation space from traditional hospitality spaces, arguing that P2P accommodation represents an interstitial space within the tourism system that triggers a reordering of resources, skills and meanings.Originality/valueThe paper introduces a cutting-edge perspective on how P2P accommodation spatiality may be viewed or approached in a meaningfully different manner, particularly advancing knowledge on how prescribed roles and practices in hospitality are being redefined. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tourism Review Emerald Publishing

Sharing economy: peer-to-peer accommodation as a foucauldian heterotopia

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1660-5373
eISSN
1660-5373
DOI
10.1108/tr-08-2019-0354
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Abstract

This study aims to use Foucault’s theory of heterotopian space to interpret peer-to-peer (P2P) accommodation experiences by considering the perceptions of Airbnb hosts and guests.Design/methodology/approachData for this study were collected through the use of semi-structured interviews with Airbnb hosts and guests of different cultural backgrounds.FindingsInformed by Foucault’s heterotopology, study findings identify and discuss the spatial dimensions at the micro-scale that distinguish P2P accommodation space from traditional hospitality spaces, arguing that P2P accommodation represents an interstitial space within the tourism system that triggers a reordering of resources, skills and meanings.Originality/valueThe paper introduces a cutting-edge perspective on how P2P accommodation spatiality may be viewed or approached in a meaningfully different manner, particularly advancing knowledge on how prescribed roles and practices in hospitality are being redefined.

Journal

Tourism ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: May 31, 2021

Keywords: Foucault; Heterotopia; Airbnb; Sharing economy; Peer-to-peer accommodation; Space

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