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Housekeeping by design : hotels and labor

Author: David Brody
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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One of the great pleasures of staying in a hotel is spending time in a spotless, neat, and organised space that you don't have to clean. That doesn't, however, mean the work disappears - when we're not looking, someone else is doing it. In this book, David Brody introduces us to those people - the housekeepers whose labour keeps the rooms clean and the guests happy. Through unprecedented access to staff at several  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Brody
ISBN: 9780226389264 022638926X 9780226389097 022638909X
OCLC Number: 990315938
Notes: Previously issued in print: 2016.
Target Audience: Specialized.
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Responsibility: David Brody.

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One of the great pleasures of staying in a hotel is spending time in a spotless, neat, and organised space that you don't have to clean. That doesn't, however, mean the work disappears - when we're not looking, someone else is doing it. In this book, David Brody introduces us to those people - the housekeepers whose labour keeps the rooms clean and the guests happy. Through unprecedented access to staff at several hotels, Brody shows us just how much work goes on behind the scenes, and how much management goes out of its way to make sure that labour stays hidden.

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"Design scholar and unabashed hotel fan Brody serves up a wonderfully readable mix of personal anecdote, historical overview, theoretical analysis, and ethnography in a perceptive study of the Read more...

 
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