By Minke Nouwens
In this article, I stress the importance of home in people’s everyday lives and the insights we can gain as social science researchers by studying it. Yet, I will do so from a different premise than most social studies into the home. Many of these studies often bare in them the implicit conceptualisation of the home as linked to the house, i.e. the domestic setting. In this article, I unfix home from this rigid conceptualisation and show that it is also meaningful in the world beyond our front doors. Furthermore, I use this unfixing of the home to think critically about the place of ‘home’ in social scientific research and how we can extend our imagination.
This article by Minke Nouwens was originally published in Amsterdam Social Science Volume 4 Issue 2 (2012). Click here for the complete article
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