Hosting Futures. Dispossession and Hospitality in Contemporary Portugal

Giacomo Pozzi

Abstract


In Mediterranean Europe there has been a notable increase in
evictions and foreclosures in the past few years. During these processes,
families are ‘locked out’ of their pasts – incorporated into walls, objects,
relationships, but also a wider world built on the possibility of anticipating
and imagining futures. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in an informal
neighborhood on the outskirts of Lisbon, I demonstrate that hospitality is
capable, on the one hand, of re-connecting home and hope, and, on the other,
of providing a convincing basis of regional comparison. My intention is to
show that hospitality can be investigated as a «weapon of the weak».


Keyword


Hospitality; Dispossession; Future; Resistance; Portugal.

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