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Retiring to SpainWomen's narratives of nostalgia, belonging and community$
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Anya Ahmed

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447313304

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447313304.001.0001

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Locating ‘home’ and community

Locating ‘home’ and community

the end point of plot movement

Chapter:
(p.147) Nine Locating ‘home’ and community
Source:
Retiring to Spain
Author(s):

Anya Ahmed

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447313304.003.0009

This chapter argues that like community, ‘home’ embodies notions of belonging encompassing places and people and can have multiple, simultaneous meanings. For example, it is possible to be of one place and from another and refer to both places as home while feeling belonging to one or both in varying degrees and in different ways. Home the, can be pragmatic and contingent on experiences and intention and the ended embedded in both plot typologies is the place to where women construct belonging. Being ‘at home’ involves place, time, emotions and others ‘like us’, representing belonging and community and is also shaped by positionalities. Moreover, women’s constructions of ‘home’ can be understood as representing a barometer of their quality of life or intimacy with the world.

Keywords:   narrative plot, home, community, belonging, positionalities, place, time

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