Diverse Meanings of Home in Multicultural Australia

By Carole Zufferey.

Published by The International Journal of Diverse Identities

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Meanings of home are complex and contested, and they are inextricably linked to subjective feelings of belonging and displacement. The main aim of this study was to examine how the lived experiences of people of different ethnicities, classes, genders, and ages constitute meaning and understanding of home. This paper reports on the findings from semi-structured, in-depth interviews with men and women from different cultural backgrounds in Australia. This project highlights diverse perspectives and identifications of home/s, including the influences of class, migration, and refugee experiences. It draws on intersectionality to contribute to research evidence that widens understanding of difference in relation to belonging and meanings of home.

Keywords: Home, Identity, Belonging

International Journal of Diverse Identities, Volume 13, Issue 2, January 2015, pp.13-21. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 157.043KB).

Dr. Carole Zufferey

Lecturer, School of Psychology, Social Work, and Social Policy, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia