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Contemporary Christian-Cultural Values
Migration Encounters in the Nordic Region

ISBN 9780367495664
Published May 31, 2021 by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

This book reconstructs the connection between religion and migration, drawing on post-colonial perspectives to shed light on what religion can contribute to migrant encounters. Examining the resources and motives for hospitality as lived in Christian contexts in the Nordic region, it addresses the content of talk about "religion" in public discourse, the concept having become something of an empty signifier in debates surrounding migration. Multidisciplinary in approach, this volume demonstrates that "religion" is not, in fact, an empty signifier, but gains substance through practice and interpretation. Considering the undeveloped potentiality of religion and the manner in which the unseen religious perspective in secularity becomes manifest in practice, this volume will appeal to social scientists and scholars of religion with interests in migration, refugee studies, theology, and Christian practice.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Pursuit of Common Grounds – Conceptualizing Values and Encounters

Cecilia Nahnfeldt and Kaia S. Rønsdal

2. A Nonmodernist Humanizing: Reconstructing Theological Resistance Beyond Secular–Religious Binaries

Trygve Wyller

3. Religion, Race, and the Fantasies of Benevolence

Federico Settler

4. Migration and Christian Vocation in a Global World

Werner G. Jeanrond

5. "Tu Veux un Chewing-gum?": Encounters in Hospitality and Willfulness

Cecilia Nahnfeldt

6. Europe Between Globalism and Localism

Bernhard Waldenfels

7. We Who Flee and We Who Are in the Business of Producing Refugees

Arne Johan Vetlesen and Rasmus Willig

8. State Lockdown: The Concept of "Risky Immigrants" in Danish Policy Discourse

Kaspar Villadsen

9. The Gift of Being Needed: Protestantism and the Double-Edged Sword of Hospitality

Thomas Hylland Eriksen

10. Bordering, Othering, and Empathy: Enhancing Social Proximity in a World in Motion

Maartje van der Woude

11. The Cracks in the Category of Christianism: A Call for Ambiguity in the Conceptualization of Christianity

Ulrich Schmiedel

12. Challenged by Ecumenism: The Blessing of the Religious Other for Ecclesial Hospitality Practices

Hans-Joachim Sander

13. Conceptions of Dialogical Hospitality: The Ugly Side of Hospitality

Cecilia Nahnfeldt and Kaia S. Rønsdal

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Cecilia Nahnfeldt is Scientific Leader, Centre for Multidisciplinary Research on Religion and Society, Uppsala University and Researcher at Research and Analysis Department, Church of Sweden, Uppsala.

Kaia S. Rønsdal is Associate Professor in the field of Leadership, Dialogue and Care in Plural Contexts at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, Norway.