Mobility & Politics

Migration and the Search for Home

Mapping Domestic Space in Migrants’ Everyday Lives

Authors: Boccagni, Paolo

  • Marks an important contribution to the migration-home nexus as an emerging research field both in migration studies and in home studies  
  • Offers a comprehensive analysis of migrants’ search for home, covering cognitive, affective and practical dimensions
  • Provides an original theoretical and methodological toolkit for research on belonging and identification in migrants’ everyday life, at  a local and transnational level
  • Takes an interdisciplinary perspective by bringing together sociology, anthropology and geography to explore the notion of home, or the search for home, and the meanings around it
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About this book

This book explores the impact of transnational migration on the views, feelings, and practices of home among migrants. Home is usually perceived as what placidly lies in the background of everyday life, yet migrants’ experience tells a different story: what happens to the notion of home, once migrants move far away from their “natural” bases and search for new ones, often under marginalized living conditions? The author analyzes in how far migrants’ sense of home relies on a dwelling place, intimate relationships, memories of the past, and aspirations for the future–and what difference these factors make in practice. Analyzing their claims, conflicts, and dilemmas, this book showcases how in the migrants’ case, the sense of home turns from an apparently intimate and domestic concern into a major public question. 

About the authors

Paolo Boccagni is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Trento, Italy. His main research areas are transnational migration, social welfare, care, diversity and home, and his publication record includes articles in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Global Networks, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and Housing, Theory and Society. He is also Principal Investigator of the European Research Council project HOMInG – The home-migration nexus: Home as a window on migrant belonging, integration and circulation (ERC STG 678456, 2016-2021).

Reviews

“This book is a must read. It helps us better understand what migration means by looking at migrants’ feelings of home, or their lack thereof ... But the book deserves a wider readership than migration studies since it provides so many new insights in what ‘home’ is about, productively using the angle of migration. Boccagni is not claiming that we have all become migrants or nomads, but the times of stable homes are over for all of us.” (Jan Willem Duyvendak, Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

“Paolo Boccagni joins a group of immigration scholars who are intent on developing the prosaic word ‘home’ and the somewhat less prosaic ‘homing’ into serviceable concepts to help us to better understand the complex processes at play for people who are at once emigrants and immigrants as they come to terms with place in multi-scalar terms. The volume constitutes a major contribution to that effort, offering as it does a comprehensive and analytically crisp theoretical argument. This is essential reading.” (Peter Kivisto, Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Welfare, Augustana College, USA) 

“Boccagni has given us a much needed sociological compass to draw our attention directly to a topic of such import it is usually hidden from view. In his characteristic writing style – philosophical, poetic, reflective, insightful, and always engaging, he charts a theoretical and methodological course that promises to permanently locate analyses of home on the migration studies map.” (Loretta Baldassar, Professor and Discipline Chair of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Western Australia, Australia)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • A New Lens on the Migration-home Nexus

    Boccagni, Paolo

    Pages 1-28

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  • Researching Migrants’ Home

    Boccagni, Paolo

    Pages 29-47

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  • Migration and Home over Space

    Boccagni, Paolo

    Pages 49-64

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  • Migration and Home over Time

    Boccagni, Paolo

    Pages 65-85

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  • Migrants’ Home as a Political Issue

    Boccagni, Paolo

    Pages 87-104

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eBook 41,64 €
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Hardcover 53,49 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-58801-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Migration and the Search for Home
Book Subtitle
Mapping Domestic Space in Migrants’ Everyday Lives
Authors
Series Title
Mobility & Politics
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58802-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58802-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58801-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 136
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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