This book lays out a framework for understanding connections between home and mobility, and situates this within a multidisciplinary field of social research. The authors show how the idea of home offers a privileged entry point into forced migration, diversity and inequality. Using original fieldwork, they adopt an encompassing lens on labour, family and refugee flows, with cases of migrants from Latin America, Africa and the Indian subcontinent.
With the book structured around these key topics, the authors look at how practices of home and mobility emerge along with emotions and manifold social processes. In doing so, their scope shifts from the household to streets, neighbourhoods, cities and even nations. Yet, the meaning of 'home' as a lived experience goes beyond place; the authors analyse literature on migration and mobility to reveal how the past and future are equally projected into imaginings of home.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Mainstreaming the study of home and migration Introduction: Unlocking doors 1. Scales 2. (Im)materiality 3. Mobility and immobility 4. Temporalities 5. Diversities 6. Inequalities Conclusion: Dwelling between mobility and stasis Afterword Index
Alejandro Miranda Nieto is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Trento in Italy.
Aurora Massa is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Trento in Italy.
Sara Bonfanti is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Trento in Italy.
"At last, a contribution to migration scholarship that cuts across typologies of migrants, to reach a deep understanding of the sense of home as a matter of practice. Developing an innovative theoretical approach related to migration and mobility, this book is an excellent example of the role of ethnographic fieldwork in overcoming a static understanding of home and providing complex insights into processual, shifting dimensions of spatiotemporal arrangements that shape domestic lives." – Maja Povrzanović Frykman, Malmö University, Sweden
"This theoretically oriented empirical study contributes outstandingly to the social anthropology of migration. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Advanced undergraduates through faculty." - D. A. Chekki in CHOICE