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  • By: Rosie Cox
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Home is a concept that refers both to a specific space, such as a dwelling or one's country, and to a sense of belonging—being “at home.” It is an idea that demonstrates the strong relationships between spaces, places, and emotions. Geographers have been interested in a range of aspects of home, including the house as home, material cultures of home, homelessness, home as a site of gendered relations, home and national identity, and the meanings of “home” to different groups.

The most basic meaning of home is a place to live. It can refer simultaneously to a current dwelling, a childhood home, or another place where loved ones live. This sense of home brings together ideas about physical space and the relationships that exist within and ...

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