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'Working From Home': Academics and Airbnb, An Autoethnographic Account

Wilkinson, Samantha and Wilkinson, Catherine (2018) 'Working From Home': Academics and Airbnb, An Autoethnographic Account. North West Geography, 18 (1). pp. 11-17. ISSN 1476-1580

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Abstract

This paper offers an autoethnographic account of the impact Airbnb has on ourselves, as hosts, in our own homes in Greater Manchester. The paper is theoretically framed by Goffman’s (1959:79) notion of “theatrical performance”. This framework is pertinent to our positions as Airbnb hosts, since performance is key to the way in which we present our homes and ourselves to guests. The paper provides insight into our findings, surrounding three key themes: spatial management; dirty work; and tensions between guests and hosts.

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