‘Working from home’: academics and Airbnb, an autoethnographic account

Samantha Wilkinson, Catherine Wilkinson

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
JournalNorth West Geography
Issue number1
Early online date30 Jun 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Jun 2018


  • Airbnb
  • Guest
  • Home
  • Host
  • Performance

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