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

  • Roger Norum RELATE Centre of Excellence, Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu

Abstract

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.

Section
Reflections
Published
May 29, 2018
How to Cite
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. https://doi.org/10.11143/fennia.70403