There's no place like home

Robinson, J. (2009) There's no place like home. In: Denzin, N. K. (ed.) Studies in Symbolic Interaction. Volume 33. Emerald: Bingley, pp. 47-57. ISBN 9781848557840 (doi: 10.1108/S0163-2396(2009)0000033006)

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The production of an ethnographic film offers a ‘way of seeing’ for researchers exploring the lives of others, and one that remains open to further interpretation. The film Home, directed by Jeff Togman, documents a momentous 10 weeks in the lives of Sheree Farmer and Mary Abernathy, as they participate in a project designed to move selected families out of the Newark slums to new houses in a ‘better area’. Home also includes interviews with others concerned in the project, and images of the local area where the old and the new houses are located. What the film reveals is the complexity of the emotional and social, rather than simply the legal and economic, decision-making process surrounding the proposed move. It also shows how two people, depending on whether or not they are part of the dominant social group, can perceive an apparently golden and life-changing opportunity very differently. Ultimately, Home gives an insight into the lived experience of a lone mother's participation in a neighbourhood regeneration project, and powerfully calls into question the values that underpin much of our thinking about how problems of poverty and neighbourhood could, and should, be resolved.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Robinson, Professor Jude
Authors: Robinson, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences

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