Ambivalent Hospitality

Didier Fassin

in Humanitarian Reason

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780520271166
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950481 | DOI:
Ambivalent Hospitality

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The chapter focuses on the tension between humanity and security and between compassion and repression which is manifested in issues related to refugees and immigration. This tension is one of the major factors in the management of aliens in France in particular and Europe in general. It also explores the various activities that took place within and around the Red Cross center in Sangatte, France, and especially how the application of compassion with repression resulted in the closure of the center. The role played by these principles in contemporary immigration policies and in the humanitarianization of asylum policies is also discussed. The paradoxical situation where the states promoting globalization has enabled free movement of some people on one hand and increased restrictions on asylum-seekers on the other is also discussed.

Keywords: humanity; security; refugees; immigration; immigration policies; Red Cross center; Sangatte; France

Chapter.  11537 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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