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International Perspectives on Culture, Identity, and Belonging

Edited By Margarethe Kusenbach and Krista E. Paulsen

This book presents fourteen original contributions by authors examining the importance of dwellings and local communities in people’s everyday lives. Through qualitative research conducted in North America and Europe, the volume explores the ways in which home is created both ideally and practically, at levels ranging from individual housing units to neighborhoods and public spaces. Even when the circumstances of making one’s home deviate from cultural ideals – for instance, in crowded, institutional, or stigmatized housing contexts, in disadvantaged or transient neighborhoods, or when one has no permanent dwelling at all – the authors illuminate how experiences and practices of home are central to what it means to be human.


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illustration: Ray, Barbara, Jack and Kayley © Debbie Humphry Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Home (Peter Lang Publishing) Home : international perspectives on culture, identity, and belonging / Margarethe Kusenbach and Krista E. Paulsen (eds.). pages cm ISBN 978-3-631-62009-0 —ISBN 978-3-653-03560-5 (ebook) 1. Identity (Philosophical concept) 2. Belonging (Social psychology) 3. Communities. 4. Social groups. I. Kusenbach, Margarethe, 1967- editor of compilation. II. Paulsen, Krista E., editor of compilation. III. Title. HM753.H66 2013 305—dc23 2013028290 ISBN 978-3-631-62009-0 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-03560-5 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/ 978-3-653-03560-5 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH. Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main · Bern · Bruxelles · New York · Oxford · Warszawa · Wien All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems

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