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The Politics of Home

Belonging and Nostalgia in Europe and the United States

The Politics of Home by Jan Willem Duyvendak
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This book addresses prominent debates in Western Europe and the United States on themes as seemingly diverse as national identity and nostalgia, migration and integration, gender relations and 'caring communities'. At the most fundamental level, all of these debates deal with the right to belong and the ability to 'feel at home'. The book examines what has happened to the 'home feelings' of the majority under the influence of the two major revolutions of our times: the gender revolution and increased mobility due to globalization. It analyzes how 'home' has been politicized, examines the risks of this politicization, as well as exploring alternative home-making strategies that aim to transcend the 'logic of identities' where one group's ability to feel at home comes at the expense of other groups.
Palgrave Macmillan; June 2011
168 pages; ISBN 9780230305076
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Title: The Politics of Home
Author: Jan Willem Duyvendak
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