chapter  8
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Displacement as method: seasteading, tiny houses and ‘Freemen on the Land’


This chapter explores of how people might think with the home that has become a ruin as a result of a natural disaster, in this case an Australian bushfire. The recovery time for those people who lose their homes is spoken about as a seven-year process while the timing for responses from human services, insurance agencies and demolition of burnt houses is days, weeks and months. Using newspaper accounts and the personal experience of home lost in bushfire, the ruin of the home is refigured in the chapter as a materialised connection between climates, more-than-human and time whereby the usual opposition of the material and human is challenged. The chapter focuses on imagined homes that organise are those that make up the ordinary streets of the small towns of Australia that are bordered by bushland or countryside. The chapter also focuses on embodied responses to the ruined home; it suggests people should better imagine housing as something productively haunted by the ruin.