Making Homes in Limbo: Embodied Virtual “Homes” in Prolongued Conditions of Displacement
Dona, G. 2015. Making Homes in Limbo: Embodied Virtual “Homes” in Prolongued Conditions of Displacement. Refuge. 31 (1), pp. 67-73.
This special issue makes an original contribution to our understanding of the meaning of home by introducing the idea of the constellation of HOME-Home-home and homemaking practices where these are not necessarily foreseen, in contexts of displacement. In this article, I argue that we need to distinguish between humanitarian-driven understandings of “protracted refugee situations” and people- centred experiences of “prolonged conditions of displacement.” I show how the papers in the special issue bring to the fore inconsistencies between state-centred perspectives and people-centred meanings of the “constellation of homes.” Lastly, I examine the significance of other spaces where home may be made during prolonged displacements: the virtual space. I conclude by suggesting that we need to examine in greater depth the complex relationship between the dwelling, home, and homemaking practices when these occur in material and de-territorialized virtual spaces.
|Journal citation||31 (1), pp. 67-73|
|Publisher||York University Libraries, Canada|
|Web address (URL)||http://pi.library.yorku.ca/ojs/index.php/refuge/article/view/40298|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||07 Apr 2015|
|Accepted||01 Mar 2015|
|Copyright information||© 2015 Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees.|
|License||CC BY 4.0|
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