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Vainikka, V., & Vainikka, J. (2018). Welcoming the masses, entitling the stranger – commentary to Gill. Fennia - International Journal of Geography, 196(1), 124-130.

Welcoming the masses, entitling the stranger : commentary to Gill

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Author: Vainikka, V.1; Vainikka, J.2
Organizations: 1GLASE-consortium, Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland FI-90014
2RELATE Centre of Excellence, Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland FI-90014
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Geographical Society of Finland, 2018
Publish Date: 2018-12-13


Identity politics create distinctions, narratives and shared conceptions, and where distinctions can be made, differences arise. Contemporary states, organisations, companies and communities have procedures to level out these social boundaries, but the process of hospitality and welcome is at times more problematic than exclusion. The key question concerns the universality of welcome. If our welcome is extended to the masses, is the mass itself defined and delimited and, second, how does a general welcome condition everyday encounters with the (entitled) stranger. In this reflection, we concentrate on the concept of welcome on two different levels. The mass and interpersonal encounters and argue that whether refugees, migrants or tourists the spatiality of the welcome needs to be considered from both individual and collective viewpoints.

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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: 124 - 130
DOI: 10.11143/fennia.70227
Type of Publication: B1 Journal article
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Funding: The authors would like to thank Nick Gill for his excellent keynote at the Geography Days at the University of Turku in October 2017 and GLASE consortium (Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland #303480, #303527) and RELATE Centre of Excellence (project #307348) for support.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 303527
Detailed Information: 303527 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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.