Making Homes in Limbo: Embodied Virtual “Homes” in Prolonged Conditions of Displacement

  • Giorgia Doná

Abstract

This special issue makes an original contribution to our understanding of the meaning of home by introducing the idea of the constellation of HOME-Home-home and homemaking practices where these are not necessarily foreseen, in contexts of displacement. In this article, I argue that we need to distinguish between humanitarian-driven understandings of “protracted refugee situations” and peoplecentred experiences of “prolonged conditions of displacement.” I show how the papers in the special issue bring to the fore inconsistencies between state-centred perspectives and people-centred meanings of the “constellation of homes.” Lastly, I examine the significance of other spaces where home may be made during prolonged displacements: the virtual space. I conclude by suggesting that we need to examine in greater depth the complex relationship between the dwelling, home, and homemaking practices when these occur in material and de-territorialized virtual spaces.

Published
2015-04-03
How to Cite
Doná, G. (2015). Making Homes in Limbo: Embodied Virtual “Homes” in Prolonged Conditions of Displacement. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 31(1), 67-73. Retrieved from https://refuge.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/refuge/article/view/40298