Psychological, Political, and Cultural Meanings of Home

Psychological, Political, and Cultural Meanings of Home

Psychological, Political, and Cultural Meanings of Home

Psychological, Political, and Cultural Meanings of Home


Discover different dimensions of the meaning of home across political, cultural, and geographic boundaries

Psychological, Political, and Cultural Meanings of Home brings a unique multidisciplinary, multicultural approach to address the interconnection of diverse experiences with the meaning of home. Filled with useful insights from respected authorities, this book shows you that the meaning of home can be incredibly varied, especially when viewed in the context of community psychology and social work. Explore the multiple facets of the meaning of "home," and discover how our personal, professional, cultural, and political background contributes to how we envision or experience home.

From physical dwellings such as a convent or a prison, through political frameworks that confirm or challenge the status quo, on through the related meanings of home that cross cultural and geographical boundaries, Psychological, Political, and Cultural Meanings of Home presents an added dimension of what home truly can be. You will learn that home is a volatile mix of yearning and loss, of being at home or searching for it, and that this very mix is the framework that reflects each differing belief.

With Psychological, Political, and Cultural Meanings of Home you'll explore:
  • the changing meanings of home for Taiwanese employers of foreign domestics under globalization
  • the opportunities and critical success factors for work and career in the home
  • the complexities and restrictions of convent life as home
  • how women detainees in a large urban county jail form altered definitions of "home"
  • how novelists can give a powerful voice to the homeless by creating an inner image that contains all essential elements of home
  • the cultural constructions surrounding the ambiguous lyrics of "Sweet Home Chicago"
  • the role of childhood immigration in the construction of self-identity
  • the relationship between country of origin and the ability to create a sense of home in other countries and cultures
  • the recreation of home in diverse places by the nomad, who carries home as an essential psychological belonging within
Psychological, Political, and Cultural Meanings of Home is a fascinating, eye-opening book for those in community studies, psychology, sociology, culture studies, literature, and women's studies.


Mechthild Hart Miriam Ben-Yoseph

DePaul University

summary. the studies and narratives collected in this special vol
ume acknowledge “home” as a complex, ambiguous notion and reality.
The contributors pay tribute to different ways of experiencing home, and
to multiple connections to place and time. They illustrate how home is a
social edifice, how it embodies different meanings and values, how it de
marcates individual and social or national identities, and how a longing
for home permeates experiences of homelessness as well as cultural,
spatial, linguistic, and economic transitions. [Article copies available for a
fee from the Haworth Document Delivery Service: 1-800-HAWORTH. E-mail ad

Address correspondence to: Mechthild Hart, PhD, or Miriam Ben-Yoseph, PhD, DePaul University School for New Learning, 25 East Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, il 60604 (E-mail: or ).

This project is the result of a conference at DePaul University on the subject of home. the authors would like to thank Susanne Dumbleton, the Dean of the School for New Learning at DePaul University for providing financial and logistical support for organizing this conference. Also thanks to Michael Mezey, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at DePaul University for his generous support. They are thankful to DePaul’s Competitive Research Council and Humanities Center for their financial assistance. Special thanks go to their DePaul colleague Frida Furman whose feedback on conceptualizing the conference and assistance in getting financial support were invaluable.

[Haworth co-indexing entry note]: “Introduction: Shifting Meanings of Home.” Hart, Mechthild, and Miriam Ben-Yoseph. Co-published simultaneously in Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community (The Haworth Press, Inc.) Vol. 30, No. 1/2, 2005, pp. 1–7; and: Psychological, Political, and Cultural Meanings of Home (ed: Mechthild Hart, and Miriam Ben-Yoseph) the Haworth Press, Inc., 2005, pp. 1–7. Single or multiple copieb />p.m. (EST). E-mail address:].

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