In this article, I am concerned with a particular emotion that has become a central topic in many political and public debates: (not) feeling at home. (Not) feeling at home is a powerful emotion—perhaps not a primary one, but as both American and West European politics have revealed in recent years, connected to primordial sentiments of who ‘belongs’ where: in one’s house, neighbourhood, city or country. ‘Home’ and ‘feeling at home’ are central within the emotionalization of politics and the culturalization of citizenship and now stand at the heart of public and political debate. There appears to be an overwhelming sentiment that ‘we’ feel less and less at home. This theme of a ‘lost home’ is particularly present in debates on changing neighbourhoods: due to the influx of ‘others’, many politicians and opinion leaders assume that native-born inhabitants do not feel at home anymore.
|Title of host publication||Die Ambivalenz der Gefühle|
|Subtitle of host publication||Über die verbindende und widersprüchliche Sozialität von Emotionen|
|Editors||Jochen Kleres, Yvonne Albrecht|
|Place of Publication||Wiesbaden, Germany|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - 11 Jun 2015|