Chapter 28: Housing and home
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The chapter draws a conceptual map of the linkages between home and housing for international migrants. We discuss the multiple entanglements between research on the politics and functions of housing, and scholarship on the emotional, relational and practical dimensions of homemaking. This focus leads us to problematize any binary approach predicated on an essential separation between house and home-the material and situated arrangements and infrastructures of housing, as opposed to (and neatly distinguished from) the ways of space attachment and appropriation that substantiate the idea of home. Following this premise, we argue for a dedicated research agenda on migrant housing and homing pathways, meant not only to highlight the cumulative forms of migrant social exclusion in Europe, but also to facilitate an original understanding of the influence of the ‘house/home’ interplay on migrant everyday life conditions, and on their ways of making sense of them across space and time.

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