Given the large representation of racial and ethnic minorities in the hospitality industry, it is important to understand how race and ethnicity are studied in major hospitality journals, especially due to their influence in informing research fundamental to scientific progress in the hospitality field. Informed by critical theory, this study systematically reviews the evolution of research on race and ethnicity in the top hospitality journals to highlight the possibility of hospitality management research taking a more critical turn to expose potent racial and ethnic counternarratives to the traditional broad scope of diversity management. Three themes emerged from the analysis covering issues on race and discrimination, managing diversity and perceiving authenticity. The review indicates that there is a greater need for theory development and studies focusing on deep-rooted systematic issues in hospitality academia and industry. Accordingly, theoretical and managerial implications along with suggestions for future research are discussed.
race, ethnicity, systemic approach, critical theory, systematic review, hospitality industry
Shaniel Bernard - https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0849-1169
Alana K. Dillette - https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2007-1159
Stefanie Benjamin - https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4653-6754
Bernard, S., Dillette, A., & Benjamin, S. (2023). Race and ethnicity in hospitality management: A review of five major journals. Journal of Global Hospitality and Tourism, 2(2), 134-155. https://www.doi.org/10.5038/2771-59220.127.116.115
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