Routledge – 2006 – 304 pages
Series: Key Ideas in Geography
‘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 can be feelings of belonging or of alienation; feelings of home can be stretched across the world, connected to a nation or attached to a house; the spaces and imaginaries of home are central to the construction of people’s identities.
An essential guide to studying home and domesticity, this book locates ‘home’ within wider traditions of thought. It analyzes different sources, methods and examples in both historical and contemporary contexts; ranging from homes on the American frontier and imperial domesticity in British India, to Australian suburbs, multicultural London, and South Asian diasporic homes. The core argument of the book has three main parts that cut across each of its chapters:
Each chapter includes text boxes and exercises and is well illustrated with cartoons, line drawings, and photographs. Outlining the social relations shaping, (and being influenced by) the geographies of home; and the imaginative as well as material importance of home, this book will be a valuable reference for students of geography, sociology, gender studies, and those interested in the home and domesticity.
1. Setting Up Home: An Introduction 2. Representing Home 3. Residence: House-as-Home 4. Home, Nation and Empire 5. Transnational Homes 6. Leaving Home
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.