Arrivals, Departures and Returns

  • Rosie RobertsEmail author


Through the lens of memory, embodiment and materiality the previous chapter examined the everyday routines and practices that participants engaged in, to produce new homes. Analysis focused on the more local scale of home-making in gardens, houses and neighbourhoods, though their practices always involved traces of translocational memories transplanted into new spaces. In this chapter I extend this analysis of home-making by focussing on the ways that participants’ home-sites are enacted, negotiated and revised over time and space, reframing ‘home’ as a series of dynamic locations, which are influenced by their experiences of ‘return’ as well as significant life events such as marriage, divorce, the birth of children and the death of loved ones. Through participants’ memory narratives, home is shown to be continually negotiated from different subject positions over their life course as they engage with sites of significance in different ways; as residents, guests, citizens, outsiders, tourists, visitors and migrants. Home-making is represented as an enduring and unaccomplished experience imbued with multiple arrivals, departures and homecomings, both imaginative and material, over the life course.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Creative IndustriesUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

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