Relevant, focused and accessible this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of family studies.
Home is both a physical space and, specifically in terms of family, a place carrying social and emotional ideals of kinship relations, such as intimacy, rootedness, belonging, solidarity, security and privacy.
The idea of ‘home’ in European and New World societies, is often conceived of as a physical, spatial location, but more than this, it is a conceptual or interpretive construct or symbol that informs people's understanding of who they are and their relations with others (Dawson and Rapport, 1998). Cieraad (1999: 11) describes home as ‘the emotionalisation of domestic space’. Home as the location of a kinship household can be a physical and emotional site of people's sense of themselves as part of a family. Indeed, the terms ‘family’ and ‘home’ are often intrinsically ...