How are notions of ‘home’ made and negotiated by ethnographers? And how does the researcher relate to forms of home encountered during fieldwork? Rather than searching for an abstract, philosophical understanding of home, this collection asks how home gains its meaning and significance through ongoing efforts to create, sustain or remake a sense of home. The volume explores how researchers and informants alike are always involved in the process of making and unmaking home, and challenges readers to reimagine ethnographic practice in terms of active, morally complex process of home-making. Contributions reach across the globe and across social contexts, and the book includes chapters on council housing and middle-class apartment buildings, homelessness and migration, problems with accessing the field as well as limiting it, physical as well as sentimental notions of home, and objects as well as inter-human social relations. Home draws attention to processes of sociality that normally remain analytically invisible, and contributes to a growing and rich field of study on the anthropology of home.
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AcknowledgementsList of ContributorsPreface, Steve Gudeman, University of Minnesota, USA0. Introduction: Ethnography, Dwelling and Home-Making, Johannes Lenhard, University of Cambridge, UK and Farhan Samanani, University of Oxford, UK 1. Studying Gay Sex in Beirut: The Lascivious Suture of Home/Field, Mathew Gagné, University of Toronto, Canada 2. Curtains, Cars, and Privacy: Experiences of Dwelling and Home-Making in Azerbaijan, Sascha Roth, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany 3. A Lonely Home: Balancing Intimacy and Estrangement in the Field, Nikita Simpson, London School of Economics, UK4. Ethnography of Police ‘Domestic Abuse’ Interventions: Ethico-Methodological Reflections, Faten Khazaei, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland5. Digging Holes, Posting Signs, Loading Guns: Constructing Home in Grand Canyon, Arizona, Susannah Crockford, Ghent University, Belgium6. Becoming a Planner: Participation and Anticipation in Producing Home, Martin Fuller, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany7. Making a Home with Homeless People, Johannes Lenhard, University of Cambridge, UK8. A Threshold Space – Connecting a Home in the City with the City, Max Ott, TU Muenchen, Germany9. Making a Home on a Volcano, Adam Bobbette, University of New South Wales, Australia10. After the Eviction: Navigating Ambiguity in the Ethnographic Field, Farhan Samanani, University of Oxford, UK11. Acts of “Homing” in the Eastern Desert, How Syrian Refugees Make Temporary Homes in a Village Outside Zaatari Camp, Jordan, Ann-Christin Wagner, University of Edinburgh, UK12. A House Divided: Movement and Race in Urban Ethnography, Melissa K. Wrapp, University of California, Irvine, USABibliography Index
Johannes Lenhard is Centre Coordinator of the Max Planck Cambridge Center for the Study of Ethics, the Economy and Social Change. He is also College Research Associate at King’s College, Cambridge, UK. Farhan Samanani is Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany.
This book makes a timely and distinctive contribution to resurgent anthropological interest in ‘home’: timely, because its enriches our understanding of how people make home when their lives are frequently punctuated by mobility, precarity and displacement; and distinctive, because of its reflections on how the study of home-making relates to the ethnographer’s efforts to either do anthropology ‘at home’, or make a home for themselves in an unfamiliar place. - Catherine Locke, University of East Anglia, UK