Reimagining Home in the 21st Century

Reimagining Home in the 21st Century


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Asking us to think differently about the home, this book challenges the notion of a closed-off and self-sufficient place and reimagines home to be where we find our connections to others and the world. By exploring home in relation to the figure of the stranger and public space, as well as with a focus on practices of dwelling and materialities, the authors demonstrate that thinking differently about home advances our understanding of belonging as a social process in which we are all implicated.

Interrelated chapters challenge traditional, convenient and stereotypical notions of ‘home’. Specifically, the book provides a state-of-the-art cross-disciplinary conceptual framework; contributes to national and international discussions on the changing economic and social meanings of home; and provides analysis of areas and locations that are rarely thought of as involved in ‘home-making’, e.g. man caves; mobile homes; the home in public; senses of home; the migrant citizen/stranger.

This book is an essential resource for those involved in housing policy, issues around migration policies and to researchers working in other arenas such as cultural heritage. It is of particular interest to academics of sociology, anthropology and cultural studies, and those whose research investigates questions of domestic space and the politics of home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786432926
Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 02/17/2016
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Edited by Justine Lloyd and Ellie Vasta, Department of Sociology, Macquarie University, Australia

Table of Contents


1. Introduction: Reimagining Home in the 21st Century

Justine Lloyd and Ellie Vasta

PART I Home-making and belonging: The Figure of the Stranger

2. Reflections on home and identity in late-modernity

Norbert Ebert

3. The migrant ‘stranger’ at home: ‘Australian’ shared Values and the National Imaginary

Ellie Vasta

PART II Home-making and belonging: Practices of dwelling

4. The transnational matrifocal home among Cape Verdean migrant women: The case of Santo Antão Island

Martina Giuffrè

5. Country’, ‘community’ and ‘growth town’: three spatio-temporal snapshots of Warlpiri experiences of home

Yasmine Musharbash

6. Mobile my spaces: home in commuter cars, working vehicles and contrasting dwelling for backpackers in campervans and homeless car sleepers

Sarah Redshaw

7. Without house or home? Understanding homelessness as dwelling

Adam Stebbing

PART III Conditions of homeliness/unhomeliness: Publicness

8. At home in public: The work of mobility and anti-racist mobile witnessing practices

Justine Lloyd

9. Home-making: youth and urban unrest in multiethnic Sweden

Aleksandra Ålund, Carl-Ulrik Schierup and Lisa Kings

10. The coming home of postindustrial society

Evelyn Honeywill

11. Staying in place: meanings, practices and the regulation of publicness in Sydney’s Martin Place

Ann Deslandes and Justine Humphry

PART IV Conditions and practices of homeliness/unhomeliness: Materialities

12. Senses of home

Olivia Hamilton

13. Transcultural objects, transcultural homes

Ilaria Vanni Accarigi

14. The garage as vernacular museum: reading contemporary masculinity through ‘man caves’

Jeff Browitt

15. Kitchen as home: Shifting meanings

Sian Supski


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