A Freegan Pop-up Café: Embedding critical hospitalities into the curriculum

Obrador Pons, Pau (2020) A Freegan Pop-up Café: Embedding critical hospitalities into the curriculum. Hospitality & Society, 10 (1). pp. 87-106. ISSN 2042-7913

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This article suggests the importance of opening tourism and hospitality management education to critical perspectives and practices. Critical developments on hospitality have had a limited impact on higher education curricula, which retain a strong vocational orientation. This article presents a student-led pedagogical innovation that enacts hospitality as a critical tool. The activity involved the organization of a pop-up café using freegan principles. Surplus food was transformed into nutritious meals that were distributed on campus on a pay-as-you-feel basis. The innovation drew on Tribe's philosophical practitioner, which vindicates the practical value of adding critical reflection to vocational courses. This article reflects on the pedagogical value of embedding critical hospitalities into vocational curricula. The experience raised relevant questions on the interplay of hospitality and criticality, the ethical values of tourism education and the educational needs of tourism management students more generally.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: critical hospitality management; critical pedagogy; experiential learning; food waste; freeganism; higher education; participatory action research; pop-up hospitality
Subjects: N800 Tourism, Transport and Travel
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2019 12:13
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 14:17
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/39088

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