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Intertwined hospitalities in a Danish church

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An increasing number of churches within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark engage in welcoming immigrants and refugees into the church which is traditionally associated with Danish nationality. This chapter presents a case study of such a hospitality initiative in a local neighborhood church in Denmark explored through ethnographic field work of an evening event where migrants and Danes meet for dinner, social activities and a prayer in the church building. The chapter investigates how church is produced as social space when the center of activity shifts between different participants in different venues – and likewise how hospitality can be understood along these shifts in interactions and power. The analysis proposes a plural understanding of hospitalities as intertwined in a church in which the roles of hosts and guests do neither follow membership nor nationality status and in which the religious space, the sanctuary, is not the most important space.
TitelContested hospitalities in a time of migration : religious and secular counterspaces in the Nordic Region
RedaktørerTrygve Wyller, Synnøve Bendixsen
Antal sider15
ISBN (trykt)9780367222109
ISBN (Elektronisk)9780429273773
StatusUdgivet - 2019
SerietitelReligion, Resistance, Hospitalities

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