Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You or Your Team.

Learn More →

Searching for Belonging – An Analytical Framework

Searching for Belonging – An Analytical Framework Belonging is a notion both vaguely defined and ill‐theorized. Scholars in various social disciplines often take this notion for granted, as if its meaning is somewhat self‐explanatory. Others tend to equate it with the notion of identity, citizenship, or both. By relying on a critical reading of an extensive literature across academic disciplines, this study aims to offer an analytical framework for the study of belonging. I argue that belonging should be analyzed both as a personal, intimate, feeling of being ‘at home’ in a place (place‐belongingness) and as a discursive resource that constructs, claims, justifies, or resists forms of socio‐spatial inclusion/exclusion (politics of belonging). The risk of focusing only on one of these two dimensions is to fall in the trap of either a socially de‐contextualized individualism or an all‐encompassing social(izing) discourse. The open question is whether the increasing cultural and ethnic diversification of contemporary societies can lead to the formation of communities of belonging beyond communities of identity. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Geography Compass Wiley

Searching for Belonging – An Analytical Framework

Geography Compass , Volume 4 (6) – Jun 1, 2010

Loading next page...
 
/lp/wiley/searching-for-belonging-an-analytical-framework-as3oAVxuXg

References (158)

Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
© 2010 The Author. Journal Compilation © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN
1749-8198
eISSN
1749-8198
DOI
10.1111/j.1749-8198.2009.00317.x
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

Belonging is a notion both vaguely defined and ill‐theorized. Scholars in various social disciplines often take this notion for granted, as if its meaning is somewhat self‐explanatory. Others tend to equate it with the notion of identity, citizenship, or both. By relying on a critical reading of an extensive literature across academic disciplines, this study aims to offer an analytical framework for the study of belonging. I argue that belonging should be analyzed both as a personal, intimate, feeling of being ‘at home’ in a place (place‐belongingness) and as a discursive resource that constructs, claims, justifies, or resists forms of socio‐spatial inclusion/exclusion (politics of belonging). The risk of focusing only on one of these two dimensions is to fall in the trap of either a socially de‐contextualized individualism or an all‐encompassing social(izing) discourse. The open question is whether the increasing cultural and ethnic diversification of contemporary societies can lead to the formation of communities of belonging beyond communities of identity.

Journal

Geography CompassWiley

Published: Jun 1, 2010

There are no references for this article.