Migration, Ethics and Power

Spaces Of Hospitality In International Politics

by Dan Bulley

Series: Society and Space

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  • 9781473985025
  • 9781473994416
  • 9781473994423

In 2014, the ethics and politics of hospitality were brought into stark relief. Three years into the Syrian conflict, which had already created nearly 2.5 million refugees and internally displaced 6.5 million, the UN called on industrialised countries to share the burden of offering hospitality through a fixed quota system. The UK opted out of the system whilst hailing their acceptance of a moral responsibility by welcoming only 500 of the ‘most vulnerable’ Syrians. Given the state’s exclusionary character, what opportunities do other spaces in international politics offer by way of hospitality to migrants and refugees?

Hospitality can take many different forms and have many diverse purposes. But wherever it occurs, the boundaries that enable it and make it possible are both created and unsettled via exercises of power and their resistance. Through modern examples including refugee camps, global cities, postcolonial states and Europe, as well as analysis of Derridean and Foucauldian concepts, Migration, Ethics and Power explores:

  • The process and practice of hospitality
  • The spaces that hospitality produces
  • The intimate relationship between ethics and power

This is a brilliantly contemporary text for students of politics, international relations and political geography.


  • SAGE Publications; November 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473994416
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: Migration, Ethics and Power
  • Series: Society and Space
  • Author: Dan Bulley
  • Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781473985025
  • 9781473994416
  • 9781473994423

In The Press

This book provides a provocative discussion of hospitality as a key but often overlooked topic structuring the field of International Relations. From the refugee camp to the global city, this exploration provides a timely look into how various spaces are produced in relation to hospitality and the power relations within that both enable and limit its practice.  Defining the “the crossing of borders” as the “hallmark of hospitality,” this book will be an important read for those wishing to think seriously about the ethics of hospitality in light of growing numbers of people on the move but also out of place. 

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781473985025
  • 9781473994416
  • 9781473994423