(In)equalities in Hospitality & Tourism – Exploring Diversity and Equity Issues

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Subject Fields
Anthropology, Area Studies, Race / Ethnic Studies, Social Sciences

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Theme: (In)equalities in Hospitality & Tourism – Exploring Diversity and Equity Issues
Journal: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Guest Editors:

Vanessa Bernauer, Helmut Schmidt University, Germany v.bernauer@hsu-hh.de

Abhishek Bhati, James Cook University, Singapore abhishek.bhati@jcu.edu.au

K Thirumaran, James Cook University, Singapore k.thirumaran@jcu.edu.au

One of the 17 United Nations’ vision for 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to reduce inequalities among vulnerable communities and populations. According to the International Labour Organisation, the H&T industry attracts mainly young people, migrants, and women, the latter representing 60 – 70% of the global H&T workforce. The hospitality and tourism (H&T) industry employs a disproportionate number of part-time, temporary, or seasonal work who are vulnerable on account of job insecurity and exploitation. Very often the work requires little or no formal training and involves precarious working conditions, such as low wages, long and disagreeable working times, and high work pressure.

Exploring inequalities in H&T may mean a view on gendered practices or substructures, subtexts, and logics that (re)produce gender divisions. It also encompasses intersectionality and multiple dimensions of discrimination – inequality regimes based on e.g., race and class and up to all kinds of work that examines differences in systems and power controls when achieving organizational goals with limited resources. The employment situations in the H&T industry may foster social inequalities in daily labours across multiple socio-structural categories such as gender, age, ethnicity, class, body, physical appearance, sexual orientation and (re)produce power relations that are marked by heteronormativisms, ageisms, classisms, racisms, or bodyisms. This special issue is meant to stimulate the exchange of high-quality research that addresses (in)equalities faced by workers in the H&T industry. Both empirical (diverse methodologies) and conceptual contributions, including review pieces, from various countries, organizational settings, disciplines, and research perspectives are welcome. Potential themes and questions include, but are not limited to:

• Employability norms and working conditions

• Visibility of back-office and front-line service workers

• Challenges of men and women in non-traditional work roles

• Bodily practices serving the company’s commercial purpose

• (Re)production and intersections of power relations such as heteronormativisms, racisms, bodyisms etc.

• Structural challenges and seasonal fluctuations in employment and income level

• Government policy positions with respect to the integration of migrant workers into the host society

We also encourage papers that highlight novel and innovative methodologies in exploring issues of diversity and equity in the hospitality and tourism industry.
Expressions of Interests: 30 Aug 2021 Email to Vanessa v.bernauer@hsu-hh.de
Manuscript Submissions: From 1 September – 30 September 2021 Author Guidelines: https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/journal/edi#author-guidelines
Review: Double Blind Review
Submit via the ScholarOne link: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/edi
Select Special issue and submit under the title “(In)equalities in Hospitality
& Tourism – Exploring Diversity and Equity Issues”.

Contact Information

Vanessa Bernauer, Helmut Schmidt University, Germany v.bernauer@hsu-hh.de
Prof. Abhishek Bhati, James Cook University, Singapore abhishek.bhati@jcu.edu.au
Dr. K Thirumaran, James Cook University, Singapore k.thirumaran@jcu.edu.au

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