Handbook on Home and Migration

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Handbook on Home and Migration

9781800882768 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Paolo Boccagni, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento, Italy
Publication Date: June 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80088 276 8 Extent: c 768 pp
This dynamic Handbook unpacks the entanglements between the two notions of home and migration, which illuminate the lived experiences of (in)voluntary mobilities and the contested terrain of inclusion and belonging. Drawing on cross-disciplinary contributions from leading international scholars, it advances research on the social study of home in relation to migration, refugee, displacement, and diaspora studies.

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This dynamic Handbook unpacks the entanglements between the two notions of home and migration, which illuminate the lived experiences of (in)voluntary mobilities and the contested terrain of inclusion and belonging.

Drawing on cross-disciplinary contributions from leading international scholars, the Handbook advances research on the social study of home in relation to migration, refugee, displacement, and diaspora studies. It investigates the interplay between the notions of house and home, examining the relevance of home as a category of both analysis and practice. With a global and comparative range of case studies and examples, chapters bridge disciplines in unprecedented ways, exploring the existential, epistemological, and political implications of home for those struggling for it from afar and from the margins.

Synthesising and systematising state-of-the-art research on home and migration, this groundbreaking Handbook will prove an invaluable resource for students, scholars and researchers of sociology, anthropology, geography, and architecture. Practitioners and volunteers involved in social welfare, housing, informal social support, and mobilisations, for or by migrants and refugees, will also find this book of importance.
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‘By focusing on home and its mutual entanglements with migration, this book brings fresh eyes to migration studies. What do voluntary and forced migrants lose with respect to home and how do they rebuild and transform it along their way? How does the ability to recreate the emotional, sensorial, and cultural dimensions of home vary across groups and what impact does this have on migrants’ ability to achieve some measure of inclusion and belonging? Bringing together an interdisciplinary team of eminent scholars from around the world, this book provides valuable insights and nuances our understanding of contemporary migration.’
– Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College, US

‘The home can seem so solid and fixed. But seen from the perspective of migration it is suddenly set in motion as the vehicle that might take the paths of homing or displacement, home making and unmaking, security and fragility, memory and affectivity. At the same time, a focus on the home as the point of reference for all these dynamic processes provides an ideal position from which to gain an empathetic grounding in the lived experience of migrants. With over fifty chapters, this volume is able to provide an unprecedented sense of the diversity of these experiences and the multiple contexts that need to be considered for a more comprehensive assessment of this relationship between migration and home.’
– Daniel Miller, University College London, UK

‘This impressive and comprehensive Handbook is the culmination of extensive work on the meaning of home directed by the editor. For migrants and refugees, feeling at home is a pressing and sometimes existential issue but, as the rich array of contributors show, creating a reassuring home in our crisis-ridden world is a problem we all face.’
– Robin Cohen, University of Oxford, UK

‘This exceptionally rich book about home and the activity of homing among migrants, empirically and theoretically wide-ranging, is bound to establish itself as the standard reference in the field. It also points ahead towards new conceptualisations of the home, certainly with respect to people on the move, but also in a general sense. Through its focus on people to whom the home is a precarious resource which has to be created, sometimes from scratch, the book raises fundamental questions about social life and belonging.’
– Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of Oslo, Norway

‘This comprehensive, insightful, beautiful collection opens a window into the multiple, everyday meanings of “home” under conditions of migration and displacement. Exceptionally well-integrated, the collection invites us to a fascinating conversation about home across vast geographies, disciplines, and methods. Indispensable reading for anyone who cares about home.’
– Cecilia Menjivar, University of California, US
Contributors
Contributors include: Bree Akesson, Bernardo Armanni, Maurizio Artero, Les Back, Ajay Bailey, Paola Bonizzoni, Jayani Bonnerjee, Cathrine Brun, Earvin Charles Cabalquinto, Anand P. Cherian, Anastasia Christou, Andrew Dawson, Giorgia Donà, Jan Willem Duyvendak, Anita Fábos, Asunción Fresnoza-Flot, Alexander Freund, Enrico Gargiulo, Halleh Ghorashi, Ksenia Golovina, Andrew Gorman-Murray, Anne Sigfrid Grønseth, Tasoulla Hadjiyanni, Ariel Handel, Keith Jacobs, Edward Jackiewicz, Barak Kalir, Peter Kivisto, Christien Klaufus, Hagar Kotef, Iris Levin, Liangni Sally Liu, Gaja Maestri, Angelie Marilla, Araceli Masterson-Algar, Diana Mata-Codesal, Gordon Mathews, Mariann Märtsin, Louise Meijering, Paula Merikoski, Franchesca Morais, Marta Moskal, Lena Nare, Zahra Nasreen, Magdalena Nowicka, Elina Paju, Julia Pauli, Anna Pechurina, Luis Eduardo Pérez Murcia, Stefano Piemontese, S. Irudaya Rajan, Guanyu Jason Ran, Nigel Rapport, Charisma Ratnam, Anna Rocheva, Justyna Salamońska, Rosa Salzberg, Annela Samuel, Cristiano Santinello, Samuli Schielke, Yasmine Shamma, Hans Skifter Andersen, Rikke Skovgaard Nielsen, Helen Underhill, Evgeni Varshaver, Marta Vilar Rosales, Lauren Wagner, William Walters, Annabelle Wilkins, Aleksandra Winiarska, Brenda Yeoh, Xinyu Zhao
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