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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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  v          Table of Contents          Acknowledgements   vii  Contributors  ix    1  Home: An Introduction  1    Margarethe Kusenbach and Krista E. Paulsen    Part One: Ideas of Home  23    2  Modeling Home: Ideals of Residential Life     in Builders’ Show Houses  25    Krista E. Paulsen     3  Still the “American Dream”? Views of Home Ownership     in the Wake of the Foreclosure Crisis  49    Elizabeth Strom and Susan Greenbaum    4  Homelessness and Conceptions of Home  73    Kurt Borchard    5  Somewhere In Between: Chicago  93    Bia Gayotto      Part Two: Making Homes  109    6  Fragments of Home in Youth Care Institutions  113    David Wästerfors    7  Displaced: Old People in Assisted Living  135    Carol A.B. Warren and Kristine N. Williams         vi  8  A Home Not One’s Own: How Young Russians     Living with Extended Family Negotiate Space  153    Jane Zavisca    9  “Kinda Just a Home I Guess”:     Toward Theorizing the Making of Home in Vancouver  175    Nathanael Lauster      Part Three: Belonging and Neighborhood  195    10 Place Feelings and Life Stories     in Florida Mobile Home Communities  199    Margarethe Kusenbach    11 Community and Belonging in a London Suburb:     A Study of Incomers  225    Paul Watt    12 Inside Out: A Visual Investigation     of Belonging in a London Neighborhood   249    Debbie Humphry    13 Belonging and Home: The Perspective of     Urban Pioneers in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods  269    Gabriela B. Christmann    14  Everyday Encounters and Belonging in Public Spaces:     Findings from Rotterdam and Utrecht   293    Saskia Binken and Talja Blokland             

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