‘It’s like having one more family member’:Private hospitality, affective responsibility and intimate boundaries within refugee hosting networks


Since 2015, the notion of hospitality has been a guiding principle and a key demand for individuals and organisations that provide direct support to refugees in Europe. Through a set of interviews conducted with volunteers active in the Refugees Welcome movement in Britain, France and Italy, this article explores the motivations and experiences of individuals who practise (private) hospitality by hosting refugees in their homes. Looking specifically at the ‘responsibility’ that emerges from the practice of hosting, we show that the experience of private hospitality is based on narratives stressing feelings of love and family-like relations, and thus creates the expectation of an affective connection between the host and the guest. We maintain that this process is highly ambivalent as it risks creating and reproducing everyday intimate bordering processes.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1440783321991679
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Policy
Funding Information: Economic and Social Research Council. Project title: Exploring the Frames of Altruistic Action, 2017–2020. Grant number: ES/N015274/1
Additional Information: © The Author(s) 2021. This accepted manuscript version is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/].
Uncontrolled Keywords: bordering,emotions,hospitality,refugee crisis,responsibility,volunteering,Sociology and Political Science
Publication ISSN: 1741-2978
Last Modified: 14 May 2024 07:21
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2024 15:04
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Published Date: 2021-09-01
Published Online Date: 2021-02-27
Accepted Date: 2021-02-01
Authors: Monforte, Pierre
Maestri, Gaja (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7935-0358)
d’Halluin, Estelle

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