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Samanani,  Farhan
Socio-Cultural Diversity, MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Max Planck Society;

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Lenhard, J., & Samanani, F. (Eds.). (2020). Home: ethnographic encounters. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0005-473E-7
How is home made and negotiated by the anthropologist? Secondly, how does the researcher relate to, fight against or play with notions of home which informants bring forward? Unlike theoretically – or philosophically-oriented studies that seek to define notions of home, this collection focuses instead on how people both researcher and informant themselves act and therefore define, alter, and recreate home in everyday life. Contributions are wide-ranging and draw on a variety of social situations and encounters: council housing and middle-class apartment buildings, homelessness and migration, problems with accessing the field as well as limiting it, physical as well as sentimental notions of home, objects as well as inter-human social relations. By linking both the view on the researcher as well as the field Johannes Lenhard and Farhan Samanani generate new insights into the anthropology of home. The essays draw attention to processes of sociality that normally remain analytically invisible, thus contributing to a growing and rich field of study that has seen much development in recent years