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The Spaces of Others - Heterotopic Spaces


The Spaces of Others - Heterotopic Spaces

Practicing and Theorizing Hospitality and Counter-Conduct beyond the Religion/Secular Border
Research in Contemporary Religion (RCR). Aufl.

von: Trygve Wyller, Hans-Joachim Sander, Hans-Günter Heimbrock, Stefanie Knauss, Daria Pezzoli-Olgiati, Jens Kreinath, Kaspar Villadsen

59,99 €

Verlag: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlag
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 12.09.2016
ISBN/EAN: 9783647604558
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 197

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In the present situation in the world, values of tolerance, compassion and hospitality appear to be more contested. The debates among European leaders have come to center around how to “protect us” from refugees, rather than protecting the precarious lives of the refugees.The authors agree that we should not stop looking for practices of hospitality. We need to better understand what hospitality is, where it is practiced and also why it is practiced. Hospitality is not necessarily something we possess as an inner quality or as something disconnected from others. Rather it is practiced in specific ways in in particular spaces. The thesis is that we have to look for the characteristics of hospitality in “the other spaces” that Michel Foucault once called heterotopias.Five specific cases are analyzed: - a monastic garden for interreligious dialogue in Austria, a Lutheran congregation that accommodates a project for undocumented migrants in Western Sweden, a busy intersection in downtown Oslo where substance-users stay (and most others pass by), a voluntary organization that works for the creation of alternative life forms in inner city Copenhagen, and, finally, some aspects of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City.The authors are theologians, sociologists and a PhD candidate in diaconia, an illustration of the interdisciplinary composition of the book.
Where Religion and the Secular meet.
In the present situation in the world, values of tolerance, compassion and hospitality appear to be more contested. The debates among European leaders have come to center around how to “protect us” from refugees, rather than protecting the precarious lives of the refugees.Contributors agree that we should not stop looking for practices of hospitality. We need to better understand what hospitality is, where it is practiced and also why it is practiced. Hospitality is not necessarily something we possess as an inner quality or as something disconnected from others. The thesis is that we have to look for the characteristics of hospitality in “the other spaces” that Michel Foucault once called heterotopias.

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