How are notions of ‘home’ made and negotiated by ethnographers? And how does the researcher relate to forms of home encountered during fieldwork? Rather than searching for an abstract, philosophical understanding of home, this collection asks how home gains its meaning and significance through ongoing efforts to create, sustain or remake a sense of home. The volume explores how researchers and informants alike are always involved in the process of making and unmaking home, and challenges readers to reimagine ethnographic practice in terms of active, morally complex process of home-making. Contributions reach across the globe and across social contexts, and the book includes chapters on council housing and middle-class apartment buildings, homelessness and migration, problems with accessing the field as well as limiting it, physical as well as sentimental notions of home, and objects as well as inter-human social relations. Home draws attention to processes of sociality that normally remain analytically invisible, and contributes to a growing and rich field of study on the anthropology of home.

chapter |29 pages

Introduction: Ethnography, dwelling and home-making

ByJohannes Lenhard, Farhan Samanani

chapter 1|14 pages

Studying gay sex in Beirut: The lascivious suture of home/field

ByMathew Gagné

chapter 3|14 pages

A lonely home: Balancing intimacy and estrangement in the field

ByNikita Simpson

chapter 7|15 pages

Making a home with homeless people

ByJohannes Lenhard

chapter 9|13 pages

Making a home on a volcano

ByAdam Bobbette

chapter 10|15 pages

After the eviction: Navigating ambiguity in the ethnographic field

ByFarhan Samanani

chapter 12|14 pages

A house divided: Movement and race in urban ethnography

ByMelissa K. Wrapp