Vocabulary of Hospitality

Until last year (2013), Turkey’s regulations on refugees have partly referred to them as ‘guests’, implying that, Turkey is a transition country. The word ‘guest’ comes from the same linguistic origin with the words host, ghost, hostile, hostage, hospitium, hospitality and describe the varieties of relationship between the host and the guest. The complexity inherent in this relationship includes several obligations and tensions: Why is the guest at the door? Where did he come from? What is his name; in fact, does he have a name? What does he want? Do I have to open the door? … The responses to these questions determine the rules of hospitality.