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Introduction to the Issue. Encountering Hospitality and Hostility

Berg, ML; Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E; (2018) Introduction to the Issue. Encountering Hospitality and Hostility. [Editorial comment]. Migration and Society , 1 (1) pp. 1-6. 10.3167/arms.2018.010102. Green open access

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Abstract

This introductory article to the inaugural issue of Migration and Society reflects on the complex and often contradictory nature of migration encounters by focusing on diverse dynamics of hospitality and hostility towards migrants around the world and in different historical contexts. Discourses, practices, and policies of hospitality and hostility towards migrants and refugees raise urgent moral, ethical, political, and social questions. Hospitality and hostility are interlinked, yet seemingly contradictory concepts and processes, as also acknowledged by earlier writers, including Derrida, who coined the term hostipitality. Drawing on Fiddian-Qasmiyeh’s work and on feminist scholars of care, we argue for the need to trace alternative modes of thought and action that transcend and resist the fatalistic invocations of hostipitality. This requires an unpacking of the categories of host and guest, taking us from universalizing claims and the taxonomy of host-guest relations to the messiness of everyday life and its potential for care, generosity, and recognition in encounters.

Type: Article
Title: Introduction to the Issue. Encountering Hospitality and Hostility
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3167/arms.2018.010102
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3167/arms.2018.010102
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: crisis, encounters, ethics of care, hospitality, hostility, migrants, solidarity, refugees
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10055730
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