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Thinking Home
Interdisciplinary Dialogues

ISBN 9781350150874
Published February 20, 2020 by Routledge
244 Pages

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Thinking Home challenges and extends the existing scholarship on the subject of ‘home’ in a period which has seen unprecedented levels of movement cross the globe. Sanja Bahun and Bojana Petric have collated essays that revisit existing ideas to introduce new ways of thinking on home, from the individual and local, through communal, to the international levels. While home informs our feelings of belonging and displacement, and our activities, such as migration, housing, and language learning, Bahun, Petric and contributors look to specific under-studied areas and encompass them within a major framework that allows for assessment through multiple disciplinary and expressive lenses. Thinking Home examines examples such as temporary homes, homes on the road, new and emergent modes of home-making, and minority groups in home and housing debates. Fresh, timely and topical, Thinking Home is rooted in activism and policy-making in the sector of 'home'; the essays both challenge and extend the existing scholarship on this subject. This collection combines perspectives of aesthetics, anthropology, cultural and literary studies, law, linguistics, philosophy, sociology, psychoanalysis, political science and activist responses in one whole. It will be essential reading for students of anthropology, literary studies, cultural studies and philosophy.

Table of Contents

List of Figures Acknowledgments Notes on Editors Notes on Contributors Series Preface Introduction: Homing in on Home, Sanja Bahun (University of Essex, UK) and Bojana Petric (Birkbeck, University of London, UK) Part One: Homeness and Home-Making Introduction to Part One, Sanja Bahun (University of Essex, UK) and Bojana Petric (Birkbeck, University of London, UK) 1. Anyone—Any Arthur, Sean or Stan: Home-making as Human Capacity and Individual Practice, Nigel Rapport (University of St. Andrews, UK) 2. Domestic Dislocation – When Home Is Not So Sweet, Safe Ground (charity, UK) 3. Home: Paradoxes, Complexities, and Vital Dynamism, Renos K. Papadopoulos (University of Essex, UK) 4. Strained Belonging and Claims to Home: Ancestors and Descendants of the New York African Burial Ground, Susan C. Pearce (East Carolina University, USA) 5. Harvesting Stories: Home and Communities (Art Project), Lily Hunter Green (artist, UK) Part Two: Home and Dispossession Introduction to Part Two, Sanja Bahun (University of Essex, UK) and Bojana Petric (Birkbeck, University of London, UK) 6.”He’s just a bum, but who ain’t?” The Mirror of Homelessness, Amy M.E. Morris (Cambridge University, UK) 7. Rogues, Vagabonds and Sturdy Beggars: Homelessness, Responsibility and Social Welfare Entitlement, Vivienne Ashley (Independent Scholar, UK) 8. Recalling Home: Farewell to the House in Petrínská Street (A Theatre Project), Biljana Golubovic and Dragan Dragin (artists, Czech Republic) 9. The Emotional Dimension of Trading on Home in Later Life: Experiences of Shame, Guilt and Pride’, Louise Overton (University of Birmingham, UK), Lorna Fox O’Mahony (University of Essex, UK), and Matthew Gibson (University of Birmingham, UK) Part Three: Languages of Home Introduction to Part Three, Sanja Bahun (University of Essex, UK) and Bojana Petric (Birkbeck, University of London, UK) 10. The Romani Language: A Signpost to Home, Damian Le Bas (artist, UK) 11. Migration and Belonging in the Home Literacies of Mirpuri Families, Anthony Capstick (University of Reading, UK) 12. Language at Home: A Reclaimed Heritage, Susan Samata (University of Sheffield, UK) Index

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Sanja Bahun is Professor in Literature and Film at the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex, UK.Bojana Petric is Senior Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London, UK.


"Thinking Home is an extraordinary collection of thought, emotion, and image depicting the most sacred, common, and elusive space in a human’s life – home. Through social science, humanities, fiction, art, and memoir, the chapters describe experiences that expand ‘home’ from a monolithic version of the idealized space into rooms where conflict, reconciliation, and self-actualization are formed through lived experiences in communities and out of communities in isolation. Highly recommended - Marc Roark, Savannah Law School, USA The editors have gathered an interesting array of empirical and theoretical contributions, ranging across a wide spectrum of disciplines, which individually offer new and valuable insights. The editors' introductions to each theme , link chapters with the broader issues identified in their overall introduction and create a coherent framework to draw the diverse contributions together. - Ullrich Kockel, Heriot-Watt University, UK Thinking Home is a brilliantly conceived volume which manages to bring together, seamlessly and cohesively, twelve distinct positions on the notion of home and its many derivatives: homeness, homelessness, home-making, homeland, homesickness, etc. It is a powerful collection of essays that investigates, and indeed thinks deeply of, the human experience of homeliness and unhomeliness and, at the same time, how our position vis-à-vis these concepts defines our very thought and speech. - Marinos Pourgouris, University of Cyprus, Cyprus"