HOMInG’s Paolo Boccagni and Jan Willem Duyvendak (NIAS / University of Amsterdam) have just published a conceptual overview and agenda-setting paper on “homemaking in the public” in Sociology Compass. See the abstract below.
Homemaking in the public. On the scales and stakes of framing, feeling, and claiming extra‐domestic space as “home”
Paolo Boccagni – Jan Willem Duyvendak
This article reviews the emerging literature on the negotiation of home‐related feelings, claims, and practices in the public urban sphere, under the rubric of homemaking in the public. This contributes to a better sociological understanding of home and illuminates long‐debated societal questions such as the interaction between majority and minority groups and the shifting boundaries between what is (regarded as) public or private. While home has traditionally been understood as a private and domestic matter, it also has a major public significance. As a category of analysis, it reveals how supposedly domestic attitudes, routines, and practices are scaled up into the public domain. As a category of practice, it is a powerful discursive resource for contentious politics in the extra‐domestic domain. Who is entitled and legitimated to claim a public space as “home”, and what this implies for inter‐group categorizations and relations, are questions that deserve original and comparative analysis in sociology. Processes of domestication of the public sphere, of mutual interaction between public and private life realms, and of claims‐making on various scales can be fruitfully revisited along these lines, by advancing an original research agenda on the ways of framing, feeling and claiming public space as home.