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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.
|Series:||Encounters: Experience and Anthropological Knowledge|
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About the Author
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.