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PolA81 Final Exam Study Guide
Week 1: Leaving Home
Meaning of home:
Class discussion:
-Sense of belonging physically and emotionally
-Offers security
-A place where you can be yourself and not worry about anything or be pressured.
-Where you feel at ease
- Creates your identity
-Reflects your rules
-House is a place you live and you can move anytime from; home you have a personal
attachment to and have strong feelings about
-Home is an emotional attachment and house is a physical attachment
- Hotels know the distinction between home and house and are trying to understand that
concept
-The ideal home is not straightforward and can mean anything to anyone
Political Dimensions of one’s home:
Lecture in class notes:
-Large territory (how you relate to the surrounding and environment)
-Property (something you own and you paid for)
-Multiple settings (wealthy; can be multiple places where you feel equally strong about)
-Travel trailer/cabin –(home on wheels)
-Separate Residences (commuting couple- might have different jobs and therefore are
commuting all the time and have 2 different homes)
-Kin Support –(new immigrants don’t have the power to move into a new country and buy a
house so they look at their family to help them out.)
-Social Service/Street (homeless people; shelters; maybe a corner or alley is their home;
that’s how they identify themselves; shows how home can change just like that
-Refugee Camp – (have no home and are going through war and have no choice but to stay
at camps and this is a temporary, means to move to a better situation; if you stay more
that a year in these camps it becomes home)
Dimensions of home:
1. CULTURE
-Common language and values
-Are able to understand each other; if you don’t know the language then you
are not participating and are an outsider
-Tradition (religion/climate)
-Festive holidays; it’s the experience
2. PSUCHOLOGY
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-Family household
-Mental, psychological and emotional attachment to a place;
-Memory
-Past memories that make you happy, that doesn’t make you happy
-H everything connects to the past
-Attachment
3. SOCAIL CONTEXT
-How you relate to people, your peers, and your neighbors
-Community
-Neighborhood
-Interactions and how they relate to each other and how they affect their lives
4. PHYSICAL CONTEXT
-Ethic/Class composition
-The interaction
-Roots
-Immigration; whether your welcome or not
-Your identity
-How you see home
-Settlements of roots can be frustrating; you might not have a choice
Push and Pull Factors as elements that influence the decision to leave home
EMMIGRATION/IMMIGRATION
PUSH FACTORS
-What is a push factor?
Class discussion:
- Circumstances that force you to leave your home; ex. War, family, persecution
(wrong religion, social concepts)
-A better life style
-Unemployment
-Epidemic Disease or other health reasons
-Lack of education
Class lecture notes:
-War/civil strife
-Discrimination
-Natural disasters (tsuanami, earthquakes. Tornadoes)
-Economic conditions (lack of opportunity, instability)
-Education
-Quality of life
PULL FACTORS
-What are Pull factors?
-Better education
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-Quality of life
-Profession Development
-Freedom
-Gender equality
-Climate
-Safety
-Family
-Politics and government
-Stability
-Opportunities
-Family reunification (human right to live with your family; family is broken
The states will reunite them, these are special cases.
Sometimes it’s not enough for a push factor to make you leave home but then the pull
factor will help make that decision easier
-Some of these factors are interchangeable
NEW COMERS AND HOST SOCIETY
-Complex relationship
-Replicate home away from home; ex. Chinese immigrants come and make china
town in Toronto
3 Main Concepts
1. Assimilation (to become similar; to assimilate to their identity, language, culture of that
host society you are moving into)
2. Integration (in the form of multiculturalism; can still retain your culture and identity)
3. Multiple Identities/ loyalties (immigrants don’t leave their language, their religion, or
identity so they bring them with them.)
Reading: Barbara Settles: Being at home in Global Society: A model for families
Week 2: Belonging
Different types of belonging: from family to social organizations
The state:
Government (sovereign power)
Territory
Population
a) Congruence between nation-membership and state-membership;
b) Congruence between culture and polity;
c) Congruence between residence and citizenship
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A place where you can be yourself and not worry about anything or be pressured. House is a place you live and you can move anytime from; home you have a personal attachment to and have strong feelings about. Home is an emotional attachment and house is a physical attachment. Hotels know the distinction between home and house and are trying to understand that concept. The ideal home is not straightforward and can mean anything to anyone. Large territory (how you relate to the surrounding and environment) Property (something you own and you paid for) Multiple settings (wealthy; can be multiple places where you feel equally strong about) Separate residences (commuting couple- might have different jobs and therefore are commuting all the time and have 2 different homes) Kin support (new immigrants don"t have the power to move into a new country and buy a house so they look at their family to help them out. )

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