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Wednesday, April 26 • 10:35am - 10:55am
The Anthropology Of Hospitality: Understanding Sanctuary

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Sanctuary can be understood best by examining sociocultural responses in times of administrative violence and social unrest. There is a strong historical foundation for religious sanctuary, but there is little to no legal precedent for secular sanctuary. Framing this study in terms of the current militarization of U.S. borders, the empowerment of immigration and customs enforcement officers, and the lack of legal pathway to citizenship, I examine how communities provide social safety nets for their most vulnerable members. Using an ethnographic methodology, this study draws on extensive interviews and transcripts of public forums on the UNC Asheville campus and in the wider community. I aim to show through an analysis of what people say in these settings how they define "sanctuary" by asking: What are the conditions of sanctuary and for whom? How is sanctuary spatially conceptualized? What are the challenges and disagreements surrounding the idea of sanctuary? And how might sanctuary replicate the very structures of the oppression it seeks to alleviate?


Wednesday April 26, 2017 10:35am - 10:55am PDT
237 Zageir Hall