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Routledge, 2006 - Social Science - 304 pages
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Home is a significant geographical and social concept. It is not only a three-dimensional structure, a shelter, but it is also a matrix of social relations and has wide symbolic and ideological meanings. Home outlines the social relations shaping (and influenced by) the geographies of home, and the imaginative as well as material importance of home. On scales ranging from the domestic to the diasporic, the book locates the home in relation to power and resistance, and to geographies of inclusion and exclusion. The core argument of the book has three main parts that cut across each of its chapters. Home-making: the home as a site of reproduction in both material and imaginative terms, and over domestic, national and transnational scales. Identity and belonging: the critical connections between home and identity, whereby ideas of home invoke a sense of place, belonging or alienation that are intimately tied to a sense of self. book will consider home spaces as both familiar and uncanny and explores the various hauntings and unhomely homes that disrupt domestic, national and transnational residences and belongings. This book provides an essential guide to studying home and domesticity. It locates home within wider traditions of thought across the social sciences and humanities and analyses different sources, methods and examples in both historical and contemporary contexts, within a wide geographical scope; ranging from homes on the American frontier and imperial domesticity in British India, to Australian suburbs, multicultural London, and South Asian diasporic homes. Each chapter includes text boxes, exercises for students and is well illustrated with cartoons, line drawings, and photographs.

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Alison Blunt is in the Department of Geography at Queen Mary, University of London.

Robyn Dowling is in the Department of Human Geography at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

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