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Title: Belonging Re-envisioned in Terms of Habit and Place, Affect and Emotion
Author(s): BORMANIS, Erik , CASEY, Edward
Journal: Etudes phénoménologiques - Phenomenological Studies
Volume: 6    Date: 2022   
Pages: 27-49
DOI: 10.2143/EPH.6.0.3289791

Abstract :
In this paper we explore how the intense and intimate commixture of emotion and habit contributes to the sense of belonging as well as to the reality of its actualization in concrete home-places. The factor of familiarity with the place where we belong – a familiarity both historical and perceptual – will be carefully discerned. A major paradox we explore concerns the fact that although being familiar with the places to which we belong may bring indolence and inaction, it can also become the basis for creative and constructive action taken in the artistic, social, and political spheres. Indeed, we argue that such creative actions can themselves be fundamental to a sense of belonging, insofar as they contribute to the openness and generativity of our familiar homeplaces.

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