Chapter 2: Reflections on home and identity in late modernity
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The purpose of this chapter is to reflect on the notions of ‘home’ and ‘identity’ in late-modern societies. The author does so in reference to the changing nature of lifeworlds. In late-modern societies, so his argument goes, lifeworlds and with them the meanings of home and identity become increasingly precarious, as they are subject to normative pluralization. As a consequence, the task of reconciling the various meanings of home into a coherent identity intensifies, and the individual becomes a unique nodal point of experiences originating in multiple lifeworlds. This manifests itself in the fact that the joys and tensions of living in and blending into multiple lifeworlds are not easily – if at all – transferred, translated or shared between individuals. What individuals today share is the struggle to create a sense of home and identity, but not necessarily the lifeworld and its specific normative contents. It is from this viewpoint that the author reflects in this chapter on the late-modern conditions which might require the rethinking and redefining of home and identity. Keywords: lifeworld, home, late modernity, identity, precarity, differentiation

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