Practicing Hospitality: Ideas of Recognition and Proper Arrival among Refugees and Refugee Supporters in a German City

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During the 2015 refugee crisis, hospitality for migrants was frequently invoked as a European value, in both secular and religious contexts. Hospitality as a valued principle varies from actual instances of hospitality, which involve conditions and moral expectations. This article examines expectations of morality in humanitarian church organizations’ responses to the refugee crisis, based on a case study of an open café project for refugees in a German metropolitan city. Notions of hosting, being a guest, choosing a home, arrival, and integration play significant roles in considerations about the organization for this regular event. The line between volunteers and visitors becomes increasingly blurred with time, but moral discourses focusing on language, translation, self-formation, and personhood recur and reinforce the distinction of host and guest.
Publisher
Institute for Peace and Unification Studies
Issue Date
2020-05
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, v.8, no.1, pp.57 - 72

ISSN
2288-2693
DOI
10.18588/202005.00a123
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/276511
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HSS-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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