Conclusion. Interpreting Research Results: Diasporic Objects or Diasporic Homes?
In this final chapter my focus moves towards evaluating the presented discussion on the materiality of domestic space. I once again want to revisit the question of the relationships between tangible and intangible dimensions of Russianness, linking it to the possibility of creating a specific diasporic atmosphere in a home. As has been shown in the previous chapters, the mere presence of possessions that symbolise Russia does not mean that their owners define their home as Russian. What represented a home with some Russian elements for one group of migrants was for others a home which has Russia in it: a spirit, a feel, a sense of Russianness. So, after conducting all the interviews, visiting and walking through different Russian homes, and sharing various domestic and cultural experiences with my participants, is it possible to give a clear answer? Is it possible to draw out an overall idea of a so-called ‘Russian’ home, and how much does it link to the specific possessions that Russian migrants bring with them to the UK?
KeywordsCultural Identity Home Possession Russian Language Material Possession Domestic Space
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