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Making space your own

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Homemaking by doing activities

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Maintaining a sense of continuity with the past and a sense of home is often done by everyday activities. This can be any activity, like cooking or weaving. This ‘homemaking’ gives a feeling of familiarity with the past. It builds the past into the present, and the place of the present starts to feel like home. It can also be a consoling bodily repetition of physical actions familiar from the past.

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Safety

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To feel at home you need safety and privacy. For some people however, the place where they stay is not always safe or a place of privacy. They might also be forced to move around a lot. During this process, they may lose personal belongings. For them, home might not feel as solid as it should. They do not have a protected space: its boundaries can be porous and permeable.

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(Im)mobility

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States try to control the movements of the people within it. The degree to which it tries to restrict this movement, determines the mobility of a person. On top of this, states also try to decide who can enter into its who territory, and who doesn’t. Some people are so affected by this, that they experience a profound sense of immobility. An example of this is being arrested by the state. Policies related to it are border control, containment, restrictions to property ownership and limited access to other citizen rights.

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Making home in limbo

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Home is both a place and an idea with a feeling attached to it. This feeling makes a house a home. This has real meaning for the lives of people. It does not only have to be the place where you live however, you can also feel it when you are at work or at your favorite bar. Some people have trouble feeling at home. Because their home is so temporary, you could say their home is ‘in limbo’. They often still try to make it feel more like home, by doing things like installing curtains, or having their favorite books around them. This is called homemaking. Home is then a powerful ideal embedded within the immediate context of people’s lived realities.

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Excluded from participation in society

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The political control of space can lead to injustice. Some people are treated differently just because of their location. This comes with oppression, discrimination and exclusion. It can also be seen as exclusion from society, and perhaps from civilization itself. Exclusion thus refers to different situations in which a person is prevented from participating in society. People without a status in the Netherlands for example, are not able to have bank account or buy tickets for public transportation.