'My two homes’: children’s picture books and non/normative imaginaries of home in post-divorce/separation families

Walsh, Katie (2018) 'My two homes’: children’s picture books and non/normative imaginaries of home in post-divorce/separation families. Home Cultures. ISSN 1740-6315 (Accepted)

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Abstract

In spite of a burgeoning interest in children’s home lives, we know little about the meaning and experience of home for children living in postdivorce/separation families who often spend time in more than one parental home. As a starting point, in this article I analyse the way in which thirteen ‘therapeutic’ pictures books for younger children aged 3-8 represent home for such children (and their parents) through their text and images. I argue that the books contain four dominant tropes of domestic transition through their representation of the disruption, journeys, thresholds and materialities of home. However, at the same time, the books also present the ordinariness of domestic home life in post-divorce/separation family life with a counter-narrative of the mundane time spent being together and gender-neutral parental care practices at home.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Migration Research
Depositing User: Sharon Krummel
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2018 09:27
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2018 09:27
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/77335

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