Hospitality and its Ambivalences: On Zygmunt Bauman

R.B.J.M. Welten

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    Hospitality is often understood as an ethical openness towards the other. Hospitality, in this way, is a gift. But is this really the situation of hospitality in the world today? Europeans have created another, bespoke hospitality and they insist on being given a generous welcome all over the world — colonialists, imperialists, businessmen, tourists, scientists and students. Europe is too small for the Europeans: the world is their oyster. Yet in that oyster, hospitality is more often the cause of problems than the solution. In the following article, I will elaborate on this critical idea of hospitality as it is understood in the works of Zygmunt Bauman.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1
    Pages (from-to)7-21
    Number of pages18
    JournalHospitality and Society
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


    • hospitality
    • zygmunt bauman
    • emmanuel levinas


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