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Home Alison Blunt and Robyn Dowling Abingdon: Routledge, 2006 304pp, 14 x 21.5cm Pb: £19.50, ISBN 978-0-415-33275-0

Routledge's 'Key Ideas in Geography' series sees the craze for one word titles, so prevalent in the cinema, firmly making its way into geographical publishing. This series has already given us 'Nature' and 'City', with the forthcoming list promising volumes on 'Scale', 'Landscape' and 'Environment'. This book, the third in the series, explores the concept of 'home', with its rich connotations of territoriality (although that is not a word Blunt and Dowling choose to use), identity and belonging.

Viewed synoptically, the book draws on recent scholarship by geographers and cultural theorists to explore home as a place in which we live and as an affective domain imbued with profound meaning (which the authors term a 'spatial imaginary'). In line with the idea that home is a complex and multilayered notion, the book contains six discrete themes that receive essay-like coverage although maintain sufficient shared ground to allow continuity Rather neatly, it opens with discussion of the importance and excitement of setting up home and ends with a companion chapter that explores the experience of leaving home. …

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