Hospitality, reciprocity, and power relations in the home accommodation of asylum seekers in Finland

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Merikoski , P 2019 , Hospitality, reciprocity, and power relations in the home accommodation of asylum seekers in Finland . in S Bendixen & T Wyller (eds) , Contested Hospitalities in a Time of Migration : Religious and Secular Counterspaces in the Nordic Region . Religion, Resistance, Hospitalities , Routledge , London , pp. 113-128 . https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429273773-7

Title: Hospitality, reciprocity, and power relations in the home accommodation of asylum seekers in Finland
Author: Merikoski, Paula
Editor: Bendixen, Synnøve; Wyller, Trygve
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Sociology
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2019-10-30
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: Contested Hospitalities in a Time of Migration Religious and Secular Counterspaces in the Nordic Region
Belongs to series: Religion, Resistance, Hospitalities
ISBN: 9780367222109
9780429273773
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/329452
Abstract: This chapter discusses the home accommodation of asylum seekers in Finland as a hospitable civic response to migration. It examines hospitality in the home accommodation of asylum seekers; taking place in the private home it is a particular form of pro-asylum mobilization. The chapter considers home accommodation an activity that aims to overcome divisions among people common in migration discourse, such as ‘host/guest’ and ‘us/them’. It analyzes the guideline material for hosts found on the Home Accommodation Network’s website which describes the general principles of home accommodation and gives potential hosts and guests ideas about what to expect. In terms of hospitality, the home is also a site of unequal yet unstable power relations between hosts and guests. The host has the right to decide about the basic rules of her/his home, but as many things as possible should be decided together when the accommodation starts.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
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