Transcultural objects, transcultural homes

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Reimagining Home in the 21st Century, 2017, pp. 192 - 206
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In a world increasingly characterized by mobility the idea of what constitutes home has changed dramatically. In its various meaning of family, unit of belonging, locality and even in its geopolitical sense as nation, home is now understood in a transnational and translocal sense. Building on this understanding, this chapter focuses on the concept of home as practiced. The idea of home is considered as a continuous process, which includes people, things, affects, senses, and which extricates the idea of home from the idea of place, of origin or of arrival. This chapter furthers the analysis of homing practices by analyzing the role of objects in the daily life of a group of professional migrant women. Together the stories of these objects generate the argument that ‘home’ is a process, or a set of processes, made of things, practices, language, memory, affects, sensoria and people. By taking four stories as its as its point of departure, this chapter argues that the sense of ‘being at home’ or of belonging to somewhere, in the context of transnational mobility is dissociated from a geographical location and replaced by belonging through everyday practices engender by specific objects.
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