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Norum, R. (2018). From welcome to well . come: the mobilities, temporalities and geopolitics of contemporary hospitality – commentary to Gill. Fennia - International Journal of Geography, 196(1), 111-117.

From welcome to well ... come : the mobilities, temporalities and geopolitics of contemporary hospitality – commentary to Gill

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Author: Norum, Roger1
Organizations: 1RELATE Centre of Excellence, Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Geographical Society of Finland, 2018
Publish Date: 2018-08-21


In this reflection, I take Nick Gill’s contribution to this issue on the politics of hospitality and welcome as a point of departure to address three specific concerns, framed by the context of contemporary global mobility. First, I argue that various aspects of the recent so-called European migration crisis enable us to further question some of the long-fixed categories through which mobile actors are often classified. Second, I speak to the critical nature of temporality as a governing factor not just in how states manage mobile peoples, but in how people imagine, understand and experience individual and group processes of welcome. Finally, I suggest that just as geopolitical discourse plays a clear role in how migration is understood and experienced, so too are geopolitics deeply embedded in the encounters, practices and regimes of hospitality across tourism.

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Series: Fennia. International journal of geography
ISSN: 0015-0010
ISSN-E: 1798-5617
ISSN-L: 0015-0010
Volume: 196
Issue: 1
Pages: 111 - 117
DOI: 10.11143/fennia.70403
Type of Publication: B1 Journal article
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Funding: I acknowledge support from the Academy of Finland, RELATE Centre of Excellence [project 307348].
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 307348
Detailed Information: 307348 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2018 by the author. This open access article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.