© 2015

Refugees and the Meaning of Home

Cypriot Narratives of Loss, Longing and Daily Life in London


Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Helen Taylor
    Pages 1-20
  3. Helen Taylor
    Pages 54-87
  4. Helen Taylor
    Pages 88-117
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 162-188

About this book


This book explores the meaning of home for Cypriot refugees living in London since their island was torn apart by war. Taking an innovative approach, it looks at how spaces, time, social networks and sensory experiences come together as home is constructed. It places refugee narratives at its centre to reveal the agency of those forced to migrate.


Refugees Home Cyprus London Spatial Temporal Material Relational Belonging Agency belonging networks research social network social networks war

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of East LondonUK

About the authors

Helen Taylor is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London, UK. She has published in the fields of refugee studies, migration and narrative.

Bibliographic information


“Helen Taylor’s (2015) work on the Greek and Turkish Cypriot community in London is an investigation into how enforced displacement and exile problematizes questions of home, notably as diasporic generations become postdiasporic. … Interweaving theoretical insights into a careful and revealing account of the phenomenologies of home, Taylor is able to convey the complexities of home and how most Cypriots experience a sense of deep rooted and yet dual belonging. … Taylor’s research constitutes strong empirical testimony to the abiding importance of soil and rootedness in the mythologies of nation.” (Paul Nesbitt-Larking, Political Psychology, vol. 38 (3), 2017)