Chapter 13: Transcultural objects, transcultural homes
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In a world increasingly characterized by mobility the idea of what constitutes home has changed dramatically. In its various meanings of family, unit of belonging, locality and even, in its geopolitical sense, nation, home is now understood in a transnational and translocal sense. Building on this understanding, this chapter focuses on the concept of home as practised. The idea of home is considered as a continuous process, which includes people, things, affects and senses, and which extricates the idea of home from the idea of place, of origin or of arrival. This chapter furthers the analysis of homing practices by analysing the role of objects in the daily life of a group of professional migrant women. Together the stories of these objects generate the argument that ‘home’ is a process, or a set of processes, made of things, practices, language, memory, affects, sensoria and people. By taking four stories as its point of departure, this chapter argues that the sense of ‘being at home’ or of belonging to somewhere, in the context of transnational mobility, is dissociated from a geographical location and replaced by belonging through everyday practices engendered by specific objects. Keywords: homing practices, home, belonging, objects, transnational, mobility

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