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Caravans : lives on wheels in contemporary Europe

Author: Hege Høyer Leivestad
Publisher: London, UK : Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Caravans, Hege Høyer Leivestad opens the caravan door to understand how daily life is organised among Britons and Swedes who have relocated, either seasonally or permanently, to mobile homes. Leivestad investigates how the caravan and campsite come to fit and challenge conventional domestic ideals, and how the static mobile caravan can nurture ideas of freedom even when it is standing still. With sensitivity and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hege Høyer Leivestad
ISBN: 9781350029934 1350029939
OCLC Number: 1018307699
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (some color).
Contents: Intro; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; List of Figures; Acknowledgements; Caravan and Camping Glossary; Introduction: Standing Still; A move towards the mobile dwelling; From motility to potential mobility; Tin-boxes on wheels; A caravan class; In and out of the caravan unit; Caravans: An outline; Chapter 1 Caravans: â#x80;#x98;These cupboards look like plasticâ#x80;#x99;; Leisure longings and military materials; Lightweight mobility; Self-sufficient units; Stabile cupboards and swaying floors; A caravan for all of Europe; Colours and cabins; Trading-up; Home-like mobile dwellings Chapter 2 Camp: â#x80;#x98;You like to be visibleâ#x80;#x99;Orderly nature; Stars and systems; Hooking up; Toilet blocks and the mobility of matter; When the refugees came to Lake Camping; Camp and control; Cars, controls and cameras; Mobile containment; Self-sufficiency hooked up; Chapter 3 Circumstances: â#x80;#x98;Why donâ#x80;#x99;t we just sell the house, all our things and leave?â#x80;#x99;; Claustrophobic houses and abundance of things; â#x80;#x98;Itâ#x80;#x99;s our time nowâ#x80;#x99;; 8 Ã#x97; 8 metres of freedom â#x80;¦ from what exactly?; â#x80;#x98;People like us, we are the same everywhereâ#x80;#x99;; Seasonal lives; â#x80;#x98;This place isnâ#x80;#x99;t quiet. Itâ#x80;#x99;s dead!â#x80;#x99; Â#x80;#x98;Caravans have wheels, they are supposed to rollâ#x80;#x99;Seasonal mobility and permanent caravans; Stuck with the house; Owning on rented ground; Crisis caravanning; Withdrawal and continuity; Chapter 4 Containers: â#x80;#x98;You wonâ#x80;#x99;t even see thereâ#x80;#x99;s a caravan in thereâ#x80;#x99;; Unmaking homes; Divestment and disposal; Storage; What is a â#x80;#x98;real homeâ#x80;#x99;?; Fake fireplaces and â#x80;#x98;real homeâ#x80;#x99; aesthetics; â#x80;#x98;Donâ#x80;#x99;t go knockinâ#x80;#x99; if the caravanâ#x80;#x99;s rockinâ#x80;#x99;â#x80;#x99;; Concealed caravans; Not made of bricks and mortar; What is a temporary dwelling?; From mobility to fixity Chapter 5 Community: â#x80;#x98;We have found here what we canâ#x80;#x99;t find at home anymoreâ#x80;#x99;Neighbourhood lost and found; Death in the awning; Village nostalgia; Bingo tensions; Noisy neighbours; Away from a nation in decay; Immigrants, Brexit and campsite withdrawal; An early morning fight; Withdrawing to the caravan community; Chapter 6 Conclusion: Troubling Temporalities; From temporary to permanent; Ambiguous homes; The classed campsite; Epilogue; Introduction; Chapter 1; Chapter 2; Chapter 3; Chapter 4; Chapter 5; Chapter 6; Notes; References; Index
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"In Caravans, Hege Høyer Leivestad opens the caravan door to understand how daily life is organised among Britons and Swedes who have relocated, either seasonally or permanently, to mobile homes. Leivestad investigates how the caravan and campsite come to fit and challenge conventional domestic ideals, and how the static mobile caravan can nurture ideas of freedom even when it is standing still. With sensitivity and an awareness of the humour and pathos of the lives of her subjects, Leivestad closely examines the shaping of the European camping phenomenon and its day-to-day pleasures and pains, ranging from friendships ties to conflictive bingo nights, from nosy and noisy neighbours to fake fireplaces and rotten awning floors. As the first ethnographic study of caravan life in Europe, Caravans offers a refreshing take on contemporary mobility debates, showing how movement can best be understood by taking a detailed look at certain specific mundanities in material culture."--Bloomsbury Publishing.

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A fascinating ethnographic insight into the European world of camping. Leivestad makes some important anthropological reflections about home, class and imaginaries of (potential) mobility. * Noel B. Read more...

 
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