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Couchsurfing through the lens of agential realism: intra-active constructions of identity and challenging the subject-object dualism.

Michael O'Regan

The host gaze in global tourism, Pages: 161 - 177

Swansea University Author: Michael O'Regan

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DOI (Published version): 10.1079/9781780640211.0161

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This chapter looks at the reflexive practice of hospitality exchange, enabled by the site, couchsurfing.com, an apparatus that enables individuals to seek new solidarities, encounters, relations and feelings, through and with others. By asking who are guests and hosts in the age of mobility, network...

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Published in: The host gaze in global tourism
ISBN: 9781780640211
Published: Wallingford CABI 2013
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa58350
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Abstract: This chapter looks at the reflexive practice of hospitality exchange, enabled by the site, couchsurfing.com, an apparatus that enables individuals to seek new solidarities, encounters, relations and feelings, through and with others. By asking who are guests and hosts in the age of mobility, networks and flow, the chapter argues that the standardized classification and binary model of host-guest blurs once transformative changes are individually realized through and with human and nonhuman others. The framework of the chapter offers a theoretical approach that moves beyond presumed oppositions between host and guest.
Item Description: Book editors: O. Moufakkir and Y. Reisinger
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Start Page: 161
End Page: 177