Rethinking Home in the Caribbean Diaspora and the Americas: Introduction

Miriam Brandel, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany
Wilfried Raussert, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

The question of what, who, and/or where constitutes home is more urgent than ever. Global migration movements, new ideas and possibilities of living together, continually improving (telecommunication) technologies, growing inequality in population groups, overpriced housing and residential segregation, as well as racism and many other forms of exclusion are only a few points that serve to illustrate that definitions of home and belonging are not to be viewed as straightforward or static. Geographies, ideas, and imaginaries of being, experiencing, and longing for home shape and are shaped by current social and cultural discourses in the Americas and the world at large. International and transnational mobilities, in particular, (re-)navigate “processes of establishing home, as senses of belonging and identity move over space and are created in new places” (Blunt and Dowling 2).

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