Making Homes in Limbo: Embodied Virtual “Homes” in Prolongued Conditions of Displacement

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Dona, G. 2015. Making Homes in Limbo: Embodied Virtual “Homes” in Prolongued Conditions of Displacement. Refuge. 31 (1), pp. 67-73.
AuthorsDona, G.
Abstract

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.

JournalRefuge
Journal citation31 (1), pp. 67-73
ISSN1920-7336
Year2015
PublisherYork University Libraries, Canada
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CC BY
Web address (URL)http://pi.library.yorku.ca/ojs/index.php/refuge/article/view/40298
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OnlineMar 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited07 Apr 2015
Accepted01 Mar 2015
Copyright information© 2015 Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees.
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