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Hospitability: the communicative architecture of humanitarian securitization at Europe's borders

Chouliaraki, Lilie and Georgiou, Myria ORCID: 0000-0001-8771-8469 (2017) Hospitability: the communicative architecture of humanitarian securitization at Europe's borders. Journal of Communication, 67 (2). pp. 159-180. ISSN 0021-9916

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Identification Number: 10.1111/jcom.12291


This paper explores the communicative architecture of the border at the peak of Europe’s 2015-16 “migration crisis”. Drawing on fieldwork at one of Europe’s outer borders – the Greek island of Chios – the paper examines the border as a site where refugee and migrant reception takes place and where the parameters of Europe’s ethico-political response to the “crisis” are set. The paper demonstrates that the continent’s double requirement of security and care produces a new and highly ambivalent moral order, hospitability. Constituted through techno-symbolic networks of mediation, hospitability reaffirms dominant theorizations of the border as an order of power and exclusion but goes beyond these in highlighting micro-connections of solidarity that simultaneously co-exist with and attempt to challenge this order. Keywords

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Additional Information: © 2017 International Communication Association
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2017 10:55
Last Modified: 22 May 2024 16:03

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