Feeling at Home and Habitus: How Space Matters for Emotions

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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.
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationDie Ambivalenz der Gefühle
Subtitle of host publicationÜber die verbindende und widersprüchliche Sozialität von Emotionen
EditorsJochen Kleres, Yvonne Albrecht
Place of PublicationWiesbaden, Germany
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783658016548
ISBN (Print)9783658016531
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes

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