Immigrants and the domesticization of public spaces in Europe

Lecture at conference ‘The Ideal City Between Myth and Reality’, in Urbino, Italy.

Friday, 28th August 2015

isa“Home”, as an everyday experience of social reproduction and boundary making, is not necessarily restricted to the
domestic sphere. It can also involve, interestingly, a variety of urban settings. This session aims to collect research on the ways in which immigrant minorities use and appropriate public urban spaces as a source of “derived domesticity”, or a channel of home-making out of their dwelling places and far away from their home countries. How can feelings of home – as a variable combination of familiarityhaven and heaven (Duyvendak, 2011) – be cultivated and negotiated in public urban spaces, as far as labour immigrants and refugees are concerned?