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Everyday Practices of Home-Making

  • Rosie RobertsEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter examines how participants’ inhabit homes and communities near and far through their embodied, material, imaginative and narrativised home-making practices where home is both an imagined space of belonging and a lived space. Remembering becomes an active process and constitutes a motion of attachment that journeys back and forth between homes and involves an ongoing articulation of what home is and was (Fortier, 2003; Blunt & Varley, 2004; Blunt & Dowling, 2006). The chapter will highlight the productivity of viewing Australia as one site within a range of transnational connections where every migrant relocation carries with it traces of previous local, national and transnational memories that overlap and ‘take root’ in new contexts (Kennedy & Radstone, 2013, p. 242). I show how the sensory experiences of migrants are often the site of uneasy tensions between surrender and resistance, between ‘fitting in’ by ‘borrowing’ the practices of another and actively ‘re-interpreting’ local habits with personal inflections. In particular, everyday practices such as socialising, walking, gardening and cooking are used by participants to ‘carve out life chances’ from spaces that at first appeared too foreign (Deleuze, 1997, p. 3).

Keywords

Migration Memory Home-making Belonging 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Creative IndustriesUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

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