Homing: An Emerging Conceptual Bridge between Migration Studies and Sociological Theory
i.) the negotiation of belonging, identity and the insider/outsider boundary under circumstances of (super-)diversity, with an emphasis less on abstract claims than on the attendant day-to-day interactions;
ii.) the potential for people to appropriate space, or to feel attached to it and exert control on it, given their resources and the external structure of opportunities – with all of the conflicts between opposing claims;
iii.) the portability and reproducibility of material cultures and everyday life styles – after biographic thresholds such as migration-driven ones – and the relevant enabling or constraining factors, which feeds into the debate on translocality and de-territorialization.
The paper is an invitation to homing as a new category of analysis. It need not lead to “discover” unprecedentedly new social realities, but does provide better coordinates, and a more sophisticated gaze, to make sense of the present and past ones.