Home: the foundations of belonging

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dc.contributor.advisor Szakolczai, Arpad en
dc.contributor.author O'Connor, Paul
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-11T08:56:46Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-11T08:56:46Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.date.submitted 2016
dc.identifier.citation O'Connor, P. 2016. Home: the foundations of belonging. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/2535
dc.description.abstract To be at home means to be embedded in a dense pattern of relationships to people and place which gives rise to an inherently meaningful experience of the world. This order is neither abstract nor imposed from without, but crystallises from the shared experience of people inhabiting a concrete location. Home involves the localisation of meaning in a concrete setting and in the activities of everyday life, and this embodies an ongoing process of ‘cosmicisation’ which is vital for both social life and individual well-being. Home is not a fixed structure, static and frozen, which shuts out the external world; it is a dynamic centre which draws in experience and gives it meaning. It is a constellation of significance rather than a singular and unitary essence. It is produced by localising processes, which work to concentrate and stabilise value around a secure centre. The elaboration of seven interlinked localising processes forms the core of the thesis: The cultivation of place The accumulation of collective memory The crystallisation of life-ways and their evolution into tradition The generation of mutuality of being through sharing in fundamental biological processes which generate and preserve life Social circles of gift exchange and recognition which reinforce this mutuality of being The elaboration of symbolic boundaries The counterparts of localising processes are globalising ones. These involve the dismantling of the taken-for-granted relationships of everyday life and their reconstitution within spatially extended networks, governed by rationalised institutions, within separate spheres of economic production, commercial transactions, political administration and cultural exchange. The global market, the public arena, technological development and the bureaucratic state are all solvents of localised associations, which result in the dissipation and relativisation of value. However globalising processes never entirely displace localising ones. Even today, localising processes shape those areas of our lives which anchor our identities and provide a sense of meaning: the everyday interactions of home, family, community and intimate circles of friendship. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2016, Paul O'Connor. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Home en
dc.subject Localisation en
dc.subject Globalisation en
dc.subject Meaning en
dc.subject Belonging en
dc.subject Place en
dc.subject Tradition en
dc.subject Boundaries en
dc.subject Collective memory en
dc.subject Gift economy en
dc.title Home: the foundations of belonging en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Social Science) en
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dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Sociology en
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dc.internal.conferring Summer 2016 en


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