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The Right to Hospitality in a Migration Society

  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • 2019, 56(), pp.65-86
  • DOI : 10.21049/ccs.2019.56..65
  • Publisher : Center for Cross Culture Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Literature
  • Received : August 10, 2019
  • Accepted : September 3, 2019
  • Published : September 30, 2019

Yunho Seo 1

1건국대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

In recent years, the effects of globalization have caused our society to rapidly change to a 'migration society'. There has been increasing interest in transnational migrants in our society with a focus on the issue of ‘hospitality’ and treating migrants as guests from the owner's point of view, as well as the question: how will our society accept them? The crux of the questions asked from this standpoint is as follows: how should we treat those who have emerged as others in our society? What form should the norm of hospitality take in the new immigrant society that lies before us? This question discusses the issue of hospitality to immigrants from the point of view of residents who have remained within their borders. However, this article raises different questions from the perspective of the de-bordered migrant society: Is it not possible to have ‘the right to hospitality’ that can be asserted from the point of view of migrants as ‘the right of others’? Can hospitality be treated as a strong assertion and as a full right to protect oneself, as opposed to an incomplete right based on other people's good will and ethics? How does the right of hospitality relate to ‘the right to membership’, which is a matter of the qualification of members in a society? These are the main topics to be addressed. First, this article deals with the issue of ‘membership’, which is closely related to the issue of hospitality. Second, it reviews how the ‘political membership’ issue, which has traditionally been dealt with in terms of nationality or citizenship, is currently undergoing a change in the migrant society based on the discussion of Benhabib and Walzer. Then, through a discussion of Kant's conditional hospitality and Derrida's unconditional hospitality, we will consider how to deal with the issue of 'hospitality' as a right and attempt to establish its meaning and limitations. Finally, we willl predict the possibility of the reconstruction of hospitality right in relation to the theory of recognition.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.