Never at Home? Migrants Between Societies

Märtsin, Mariann & Mahmoud, Hala W. (2012) Never at Home? Migrants Between Societies. In Valsiner, Jaan (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 730-745.

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This chapter explores the dialectic meaning of ‘home’, and movement away from home. Movement away from home – migration – is characterized as a dynamic, dialectic, and developmental experience. We emphasize the sense of being at home and the intertwined sense of identity as interlinked and mutually defining anchors of our existence that become inevitably shaken and ruptured in the experience of migration. But when looking at how this rupture is experienced and managed, we highlight the inherently complex and dialectic nature of migration, instead of seeing it as a unidirectional sequence of rupture → shock → coping → new stable being. We discuss the complexities of migration experiences as entailing dialectics of home and non-home, rupture and continuity, novelty and everydayness, changing and remaining. The sense of being at home is simultaneously enabling and constraining, helping us to build self-continuity in a new environment, yet also holding us back and distancing us from novelty. Similarly, migration is a threat, yet also a promise; it is a painful, yet possibly exhilarating experience that makes us lose our centre of security and familiarity, yet also opens up opportunities for transformation and re-invention.

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ID Code: 82202
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: home, migration, identity, rupture, dialectics, development, ambivalence, repatriation
ISBN: 9780195396430
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Oxford University Press
Deposited On: 04 Mar 2015 22:57
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2015 12:37

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