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Alison Blunt and Jayani Bonnerjee

While the changing dynamics of home are central to experiences of transnational migration, they are widely understood to be particularly significant for people living in diaspora. In this chapter the authors explore the ways in which ideas about a ‘rift’ between diasporic ‘residence’ and ‘belonging’ – and between ‘here’ and ‘there’ – are both articulated and challenged through a focus on home. They do so in three main contexts: the contested relationships between ‘homeland’ and diaspora; diasporic home-making on a domestic scale; and the city as a site of diasporic belonging and attachment. Home and diaspora, and the connections between them, involve processes and practices of dwelling and mobility that unsettle not only fixed assumptions about place, but also about identity, ethnicity, culture and community.