British expatriate belongings: mobile homes and transnational homing

Walsh, Katie (2006) British expatriate belongings: mobile homes and transnational homing. Home Cultures, 3 (2). pp. 123-44. ISSN 1740-6315

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Abstract

This article explores the mobile homes and transnational homing of British expatriates in Dubai. In the article, I analyze ordinary domestic objects that play a special role in the homemaking practices of their expatriate owners, drawing on eighteen months of ethnographic participant observation and home-based interviews. I argue that thinking about belonging through belongings is productive because it is empirically and theoretically attentive to the way in which home is experienced simultaneously as both a material and imaaterial, lived and imagined, localized and (trans)national space of belonging. Furthermore, the homes of expatriates make explicit the fluidity and multiplicity of home as process. This article focuses on three things found in British expatriate homes in Dubai: a painting, a plastic bowl and a DVD.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Home Cultures is a new journal (Sage) devoted to the interdisciplinary and comparative study of domestic space.
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G0001 Geography (General)
Depositing User: Katie Walsh
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:21
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2012 15:44
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/11848
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