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I am interested in conducting research on resort culture and the leisure industry, this time focusing more on occupational dimensions of working in resort organizations. I am interested in resorts around the country and world broadly as a comparative base, but intend to focus primarily on the resorts on one broad beach area of Hawaii that houses five major resort hotels. I would like to learn about the following topics: the careers of people who work in various departments in resorts, what it is like working in an organization that is open 24/7, how resort work affects the transience vs. stability of employees’ lifestyles, relationships, and communities, what are the structural opportunities and constraints associated with resort work, how workers manage their interplay and dual motivations of work and leisure, and how their position vis-à-vis their clientele affects them.
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