This panel seeks to examine the nature and significance of hospitality in contemporary culture and society.
The concept of hospitality has been an underlying theme in many anthropological studies. Hospitality, in both its social and commercial manifestations, is also central to the production and consumption of tourism. Hospitality involves a wide range of social processes that are used to define communities, and the ways in which hospitality is practiced is therefore a reflection of the values of particular people and their cultures. To understand hospitality, it is necessary to question how notions of identity, obligation, inclusion and exclusion are entangled with the production and exchange of food, drink and the offer of shelter. Recent years has seen a growing debate among anthropologists, sociologists, geographers, philosophers and applied management researchers about the nature and significance of hospitality in contemporary societies. This panel seeks to build on these emerging debates.