Chapter 8: Between longing and belonging: home, homemaking and diasporas
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This chapter explores the significance of ideas of home and homemaking practices to study diasporas. Diaspora formation has evolved over time to reflect myriad and changing contexts of migration. The chapter outlines how a multi-scalar approach to the study of both home and diaspora can reveal critical nuances of being and belonging in the world, nation, region, city, locality and dwelling. It emphasizes, in particular, the importance of such an approach to study marginalized communities in diaspora, such as communities of mixed descent, 'invisible' communities and diasporas formed through forced migration. Home and homemaking are analysed as key ideas and processes that unravel the meaning of longing and belonging in diasporas. In addition, the chapter also highlights the importance of artistic and heritage practices as a key methodological intervention to study both home and diaspora.

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