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Available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International Licence


Sociology, Women's and gender studies, Other social sciences

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Hospitality & Society, Vol 2., No. 2, doi: 10.1386/hosp.2.2.197_1 pp.197-214


The commonly cited definition of what constitutes a holiday is that it is a change from the norm, or an escape from everyday life. But is this the case if tourists are going on a self-catering holiday where many of the tasks from everyday life such as cleaning, minding children and cooking must still be undertaken? This research is specifically interested in the role of mothers, from their own perspectives, on such holidays. It explores how household responsibilities are divided between partners when on holiday and questions does this differ from the situation when at home? In so doing this article adds to our understanding about the holiday experience from a gendered perspective. This study has found that actual experience while on holiday does differ according to gender. It is clear that while self-catering holidays are an 'escape' from the everyday, women and mothers' genderized roles are often maintained. A mixed-method approach involving two surveys and focus groups was employed. The field work for the study was undertaken in the Greater Dublin Area.