Stories of Home

Stories of Home : Place, Identity, Exile

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Home is viewed as a space and place and associated with feelings, practices, and active states of being and moving in the world. This collection explores how we experience home and what home says about the selves we have become. This book is of interest and use to students and scholars in the fields of communication studies, cultural studies, performance studies, geography, gender studies, diaspora studies, and anthropology, and stands as an exemplar in qualitative, interpretive, critical, and auto-ethnographic methodology more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 160 x 233 x 24mm | 517g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739194925
  • 9780739194928

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Communication scholars Devika Chawla and Stacy Holman Jones have gathered writings that examine the meaning of home. Most of the contributors are communication scholars, but anthropology, art, education, and counseling are also represented. The collection is full of captivating, rich personal stories providing insight into the authors' lives and the connection between personal experience and their perspectives of the meaning of home. For example, home can be a physical place in which banal chores and habits are performed or an integral part of the self that is constructed, to mention just two of many possibilities. The contributors' varied backgrounds lead to a variety of perspectives that span economic, ethnic, and regional boundaries. Taken together, these musings about home and the diversity of views of what home means to different people offer a coherent and engaging account of home from philosophical and personal perspectives. A valuable resource for those interested in the elusive nature of home. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty. General readers. CHOICE We often struggle with the meaning of diversity and inclusion, but in Stories of Home, differences across experience, age, race, geography, and sexuality converge and co-exist. The many voices of home speak, sometimes softly and at other times with traces of anger, frustration, tenderness, and longing. This is a beautiful read. -- Frederick C. Corey, Arizona State University Complicating and interrogating the meanings of home, this text heightens our awareness of the diverse context- and culture-based stories of home. Each chapter invites reflection about the ways we construct home and carry it with us in our bodies. We resist, embrace, and question what we know, learn, and remember about home, across time, space, and place. Chawla and Holman Jones encourage us to feel the with and withoutness of home-to sense the nostalgia of making home anew in places we travel and to question the disembodying environments where home never was, never will be. The stories remind us of our desire to craft our home in unexpected ways, in unanticipated places. -- Patricia Geist-Martin, San Diego State Universityshow more

About Devika Chawla

Devika Chawla is associate professor and interim associate director for graduate studies in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University, Athens. Stacy Holman Jones is professor in the Centre for Theatre and Performance at Monash more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Tracing Home's Habits: Affective Rhythms, Devika Chawla Chapter 2: Musing on Nomadism: Being and Becoming at Home on the Reindeer Range, Myrdene Anderson Chapter 3: Be(Coming) Home, Jonathan Wyatt and Tessa Wyatt Chapter 4: Childhood Homelessness: A Phenomenologial Reflection, Erik Garrett Chapter 5: Home/less in Appalachia, Timothy Baird Chapter 6: Motown Magic and Haunted Hollers: From One Othered America to Another, Rebecca Mercado Thornton Chapter 7: The Exile Narratives, Amarado Rodriguez Chapter 8: Men Making Home, Caryn Medved Chapter 9: Scott and Helen Nearing and the Narrative of the American Homestead as Retreat, Jennifer Adams Chapter 10: Trashing Home, Sean Gleason Chapter 11: A Kind of Hush: Adoptee Diasporas and the Impossibility of Home, Anne M. Harris Chapter 12: Bodies of Working Class Knowledge, Imaginative Mobilities, and Kinesthetic Homes, Stacy Holman Jones Chapter 13: Finding the Backroads Home, Tessa W. Carr Chapter 14: Becoming Home (Elsewhere): Patriarchy Du Jour and the Resilience of Privilege, Craig Gingrich-Philbrook Conclusion: Home, Again Stacy Holman Jones and Devika Chawlashow more