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The Production of Hospitable Space: Commercial Propositions and Consumer Co-Creation in a Bar Operation.

Lugosi, P., 2009. The Production of Hospitable Space: Commercial Propositions and Consumer Co-Creation in a Bar Operation. Space and Culture, 12 (4), 396-411.

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DOI: 10.1177/1206331209348083


This paper examines the processes through which a commercial bar is transformed into a hospitable space. Drawing on a study of a venue patronized by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual/transgender consumers, it considers how social and commercial forms of hospitality are mobilized. The paper argues that hospitable space has an ideological, normative and situational dimension. More specifically, it suggests the bar’s operation is tied to a set of ideological conceptions, which become the potential basis of association and disassociation among consumers. It examines the forces and processes that shape who participates in the production and consumption of hospitality and how. Finally, it considers the situational, emergent nature of hospitality and the discontinuous production of hospitable space. Rather than focusing exclusively on host-guest or provider-customer relations, which dominates existing work on hospitality, the paper examines how consumers’ perceptions, actions and interactions shape the production of hospitality. By doing so the paper offers an alternative approach to understanding queer spaces, bar operation as well as hospitality.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:hospitality, space, bar, pub, lesbian, gay, queer, LGBT, identity, ethnography, geography, culture, cultural, covert, semi-covert, participant, observation, performance, inclusion, exclusion, community, drink, alcohol, sex, sexuality
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:12211
Deposited By: Dr Peter Lugosi LEFT
Deposited On:12 Nov 2009 17:33
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:26

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