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Sense(s) of Heimat

Plurilocal Self-Location and Emotional Geographies through the Lens of International Migration

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-vi
  2. Heimat: Theoretical Framework(s)

    • Jessica Andel
    Pages 17-44
  3. Methodological Approach

    • Jessica Andel
    Pages 45-51
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 103-113

About this book

The German notion of ‘Heimat’ is highly subjective, ambiguous and historically charged. Senses of belonging and identity associated with Heimat render the concept vulnerable to appropriation and instrumentalization by different political forces. Thereby, a static and exclusive understanding of Heimat is often depicted. This book drafts a counternarrative to demystify the contested concept. On the one hand, Heimat is conceptualized as spatial through emotional-geographical approaches to human-place relations. And on the other hand, the concept is placed in a global context through the perspective of international migration. The author contributes to the understanding of Heimat as an emotional map of self-location. This subjective map is neither purely static nor dynamic - it is characterized by simultaneities of opposing processes.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nieder-Olm, Germany

    Jessica Andel

About the author

Jessica Andel is currently enrolled in the Master’s programme “Human Geography: Globalisation, Media and Culture”. Since November 2019, she has been working as a student assistant on the Human Geography-team at the Institute of Geography of Johannes Gutenberg University.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Sense(s) of Heimat

  • Book Subtitle: Plurilocal Self-Location and Emotional Geographies through the Lens of International Migration

  • Authors: Jessica Andel

  • Series Title: BestMasters

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-38985-7

  • Publisher: Springer Spektrum Wiesbaden

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-658-38984-0Published: 23 August 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-658-38985-7Published: 22 August 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2625-3577

  • Series E-ISSN: 2625-3615

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VI, 113

  • Topics: Geography, general, Earth Sciences, general

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Softcover Book USD 54.99
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