By Amitai Touval
This quantity explores contemporary advancements within the perform of hospitality, in addition to the curious, precarious courting among site visitors and their hosts. Drawing from own interactions with an getting older innkeeper referred to as Herr Klaus and smooth Airbnb hostess Gretchen, Amitai Touval deals a touching and illuminating account of ways the increase of Airbnb has cast new criteria of generosity, hostility, and responsibility. An Anthropological learn of Hospitality is a must-read for somebody who has puzzled in regards to the complex social cues fascinated with any such likely easy exchange.
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Additional info for An Anthropological Study of Hospitality: The Innkeeper and the Guest
One such connecting thread that an anthropologist can use to stitch together a larger picture is an account of his or her own personal and social development. In this German context, this account might be aptly called the anthropologist’s Bildung. The distinctively German concept of Bildung, or “self-formation . . can be deﬁned as individual education, understood as intellectual, moral, and spiritual fulﬁlment, derived from the Enlightenment promise of self-realization, yet inalterably linked with the Pietist concepts of introspection and duty in the community” (Myers 2004: 15) [sic].
While his argument bears some similarity to my argument about resilient practices of hospitality accommodating hostility, our arguments differ with respect to a crucial point: Campbell describes a set of encounters between visitors and locals. In some encounters the locals recognize the strangers as guests and offer hospitality. In other encounters they do not extend hospitality and engage in hostile actions instead. In contrast, I argue that hostility is weaved into the very practice of hospitality.
Some famous examples of the Bildungsroman do not have happy endings. Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain, for example, “can be said ‘almost to parody’ this kind of novel in that the hero comes to terms, in the course of it, not so much with life as with death, or at least with death as the ever-present shadow of life” (Bruford 1975: 224). Taking account of the many and varied appropriations and reinterpretations of the Bildung ideal in the twentieth century is beyond the scope of this work. It is worth brieﬂy noting, however, the interpretation of Günter de Bruyn’s 1984 novel Neue Herrlichkeit that has been proposed by Valerie Greenberg.
An Anthropological Study of Hospitality: The Innkeeper and the Guest by Amitai Touval