Why is home so important to us?

January 4, 2017

An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on 30th December 2016, written by Michael Allen Fox, author of Home: A Very Short Introduction.

Home: A Very Short Introduction


Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.” “Home is where the heart is.” These well-known expressions indicate that home is somewhere that is both desirable and that exists in the mind’s eye as much as in a particular physical location. Across cultures and over the centuries people of varied means have made homes for themselves and for those they care about...

Home has always been a gathering place, shelter, and sanctuary, providing escape from the busyness and intrusiveness of the world. Much thought about, treasured, and longed for as an anchor of our existence, home has been the subject of abundant written works and other cultural products. We might reasonably suppose, therefore, that home is a readily understood concept and source of universally positive feelings. On closer investigation, however, neither of these assumptions is found to be true...

Discover more: Read the rest of the article on the OUPblog.

 

 


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