The Resources of Religious Humanitarianism: The Case of Migrants on Lampedusa

In the contemporary flow of irregular migrants worldwide, the predicaments of humanitarian work have become a source of public controversy and political disputation. Situated in the discourse of religion in international relations (IR), this introductory article considers conduct available to religi...

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Published in:Journal for the academic study of religion
Authors: Rees, John A.; Rawson, Stefania
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Equinox Publ. [2019]
In:Journal for the academic study of religion
Year: 2019, Volume: 31, Issue: 2, Pages: 172-191
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Lampedusa / Illegal aliens / Ethics / Religion / Humanitarian aid / International policy
Further subjects:B Pope Francis
B Humanitarianism
B Migration
B Religion
B Catholic Church
B Lampedusa
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Summary:In the contemporary flow of irregular migrants worldwide, the predicaments of humanitarian work have become a source of public controversy and political disputation. Situated in the discourse of religion in international relations (IR), this introductory article considers conduct available to religious actors in response to the humanitarian challenge. Drawing on the case of refugees reaching the Italian territory of Lampedusa, the article offers a consideration of Pope Francis' visit to the island in 2013 via two interpretive modes of IR postsecularism. This approach, we argue, highlights the value of postsecular IR frameworks to interpret different dimensions of religious agency and to understand the unique resources available to religious actors in humanitarian advocacy.
ISSN:2047-7058
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal for the academic study of religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1558/jasr.36453