Sense of home in a transnational social space: New Zealanders in London

Show simple item record Wiles, Janine en 2012-03-15T19:39:04Z en 2008 en
dc.identifier.citation Global Networks: a journal of transnational affairs 8(1):116-137 2008 en
dc.identifier.issn 1470-2266 en
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dc.description.abstract In this article, I explore the ways in which 'middling' migrant New Zealanders living in London and New Zealand discuss and identify with home. For these multi-local individuals, the discursive and material aspects of New Zealand as home form a framework for their everyday life as migrants living in London. Interpretation of the interviews using thematic and narrative analyses works through a conceptualization of home, migration, and identity as interdependent, through three interrelated themes: the symbolic or political nature of home; the importance of family and familiarity for a sense of home; and the role of physical material objects and places. Participants in this study see New Zealand as their home, yet by being away from home they gain new perspectives on home. In London, they engage with or resist a collective imaginary of New Zealand as home that is both self-perpetuated and externally imposed, and which both reveals and conceals ideas about individual and group identity and community. On returning from London, the idealistic and sometimes simplistic visions of New Zealand as home that structure their lives in London are often disrupted by the more complex yet more mundane version of home and self with which they are confronted. en
dc.publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Global Networks: a journal of transnational affairs en
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dc.title Sense of home in a transnational social space: New Zealanders in London en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 1 en
pubs.begin-page 116 en
pubs.volume 8 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc. en en
pubs.end-page 137 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 88457 en Medical and Health Sciences en Population Health en Social & Community Health en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-09-01 en

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