Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Humanities and Creative Writing

Title

Introduction: At home in Asia? Place-making, belonging and citizenship in the Asian century

Language

English

Abstract

© 2015, © The Author(s) 2015. For the authors of this introduction, home is not always or only sweet home. For us, it is constructed with contradictions, ruptures and anxieties. Indeed, the world never fails to present us with ‘real’ people with ‘real’ issues of home. After ‘rescuing’ the idea of home from its two assumed arch-enemies ‘mobility’ and ‘urbanization’, we will proceed to formulate our appeal to reconceptualize ‘home’ and explicate why and how to do so. We have cited instances from Hong Kong, Beijing and Asia at large, not only because the empirical core of this special issue is on Asia, but, more fundamentally, also because we want to take issue with the Eurocentric bias in the debates on home hitherto. We conclude by making a modest plea – or more accurately, to configure various trajectories of thinking on ‘home’ into a plea – to bracket home as (making) place, (not) belonging and (flexible) citizenship.

Keywords

Asian Century, Asian urbanity, Asianization, belonging, citizenship, globalization, home, identity, migration, place-making

Publication Date

2016

Source Publication Title

International Journal of Cultural Studies

Volume

19

Issue

3

Start Page

243

End Page

256

Publisher

SAGE Publications

DOI

10.1177/1367877915573758

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367877915573758

ISSN (print)

13678779

ISSN (electronic)

1460356X

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