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Economy Hotels In China

RRP $336.99

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While economy or budget hotels have been popular in western countries since the end of the Second World War, they have only emerged as a sector in their own right in China since the mid-1990s. Indeed, as a new service industry sector, economy hotels in China demonstrate important characteristics which can be used to illustrate and help explain China's current economic progress more generally.

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the economy hotel sector in China. It covers macro-level social-cultural, economic, environmental, geographic and development issues, alongside micro-level consideration of the budget hotel companies' innovative management and marketing procedures, business expansion strategies, general hotel management and operation issues, as well as an analysis of some leading entrepreneurs in the sector, and in-depth case studies examining the most successful economy hotel companies in China. Huang and Sun argue that the rapid development of budget hotels in China demonstrates how, under the influence of globalisation, Chinese businesses have become more innovative as they apply successful western business models to China. In turn, they show that the China model is fundamentally different in terms of its driving force, which lies purely in its domestic travel market, fuelled by China's continued economic growth. There is therefore much to explore about both China's market situation and business practices in the economy hotel sector and this book makes an important contribution to our understanding of China's new business environment.

Based on extensive fieldwork and investigation, Economy Hotels in China will be welcomed by students and scholars of tourism, hospitality, business studies and Chinese studies, but it will also appeal to practitioners of business management in these sectors who are interested in China's development and business opportunities in China.


Globalization & Ideology

RRP $341.99

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This text provides the reader with a transdisciplinary, global studies perspective of the political significance of globalization as articulated in today's three main globalisms: market globalism; justice globalism; and religious globalism. Globalization and Ideology: A Global Studies Perspective brings together subjective and objective aspects of globalization that are usually treated separately from each other. Focusing on the transformation of the contemporary ideological landscape, the book is divided into three parts containing an original preface and nine chapters. Collectively, the chapters respond to a broad range of questions, including:

How are political ideologies and social imaginaries being transformed in the global age?
What sorts of ideological claims are being generated by the three main globalisms?
How do these political ideas play out in concrete social, political, and cultural contexts?
How do globalisms shape urban spaces and popular images, and how, in turn, are they shaped by global ideologies?
How are traditional academic disciplines like political theory responding to global flows of ideas and theories that cut across conventional scholarly boundaries?
What does the fledgling field of global studies contribute to new forms of knowledge on these subjects?
What is the relationship between globalizing ideologies and post-9/11 'American Empire'?
Why has there been a surge of religious globalisms such as jihadist Islamism, Christian global fundamentalism, Falun Gong syncretism, and Buddhism?
Is the World Social Forum an effective site of ideological counter-production, capable of generating appealing political visions of 'another world' opposed to market globalisms?
Has the lingering Great Recession halted the worldwide ascent of neoliberalism or will it regain its former glory?
Rather than reaching the 'end of ideology', are we entering a new era of (global) ideological struggle?



Japanese Love Hotels

RRP $573.99

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P Drawing on theories of place, consumption and identity, Sarah Chaplin details the evolution of the love hotel in urban Japan since the 1950s. Love hotels emerged in the late 1950s following a ban of licensed prostitution, then were extremely popular in the 1970s, were then legislated against in the 1980s and are now perceived as ???leisure???, ???fashion??? or ???boutique??? hotels. /P P Representing a timely opportunity to capture and evaluate the dying manifestations of an important era in Japanese social and cultural history, this book provides a critical account of the love hotel as a unique typology. It considers its spatial, aesthetic, semiotic, and locational denotations and connotations, which results in a richly nuanced cultural reading. /P P The love hotel is presented as a key indicator of social and cultural change in post-war Japan, and as such this book will be of interest to a wide and international readership including students of Japanese culture, society and architecture. /P



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