Migration and the Search for Home

Mapping Domestic Space in Migrants’ Everyday Lives

  • Paolo Boccagni

Part of the Mobility & Politics book series (MPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 115-136

About this book


This book explores the impact of transnational migration on the views, feelings, and practices of home among migrants. Home is usually perceived as what placidly lies in the background of everyday life, yet migrants’ experience tells a different story: what happens to the notion of home, once migrants move far away from their “natural” bases and search for new ones, often under marginalized living conditions? The author analyzes in how far migrants’ sense of home relies on a dwelling place, intimate relationships, memories of the past, and aspirations for the future–and what difference these factors make in practice. Analyzing their claims, conflicts, and dilemmas, this book showcases how in the migrants’ case, the sense of home turns from an apparently intimate and domestic concern into a major public question. 

Paolo Boccagni is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Trento, Italy. His main research areas are transnational migration, social welfare, care, diversity and home, and his publication record includes articles in Ethnic and Racial StudiesGlobal NetworksJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and Housing, Theory and Society. He is also Principal Investigator of the European Research Council project HOMInG – The home-migration nexus: Home as a window on migrant belonging, integration and circulation (ERC STG 678456, 2016-2021).


International Migration Homing Transnationalism Housing Ethnography Political Mobilization

Authors and affiliations

  • Paolo Boccagni
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Trento TrentoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-58802-9
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-58801-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-58802-9
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