the Middlesex sessions disclose
numerous cases. The clerk of Knightsbridge Chapel, who, at the Old Bailey in
1692, had to prove one Daniel Conduit’s former marriage, said, ‘that it was
usual for people to come there and personate others, and to make sham
Social factors also have to be taken into consideration. People of all social
ranks, especially in sixteenth-century England, were highly mobile, ‘both socially
and geographically’.53 Work might keep husbands temporarily away; soldiers
might be absent for months or years without any guarantee of coming
more suited to what I wanted to do. I began with
a foundation course in the social sciences – and immediately it was
like cominghome intellectually. This was where I had wanted to be.
The teaching of Stuart Hall in particular was an absolute inspiration.
Encountering Marxism for the first time was extraordinary: why had
I not come across this before? Conversations suddenly made sense for
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change and the politics of certainty
the first time. It was amazing. And at that point I knew that I would
like to carry
Negotiating identity and place in asylum seeker direct provision accommodation centres
have their hands full. When I asked
why, they told me that the news had just come down from the RIA that a large
group (approximately forty-five) was being moved out of the centre the
following day to various other centres and that there were always problems
that some did not want to leave. Many of those being moved had school-aged
children and I wondered how the children would react cominghome in their
AND PLACE IN ASYLUM SEEKER CENTRES
school uniforms and with their school books in tow only to
. “And I’m from Scranton,
Pennsylvania!” Biden went on to announce the campaign’s commitment of
“an inordinate amount of resources, hundreds of permanent staff, significant
office openings” in the state, seemingly linking these developments to his
candidacy. Pennsylvanians, he noted immediately afterward, would also see
a great deal of him during the campaign “because I’m cominghome.”15 The
appeal to state voters was not subtle; in fact, references to Biden’s roots were
so heavy-handed that they became something of a running joke among campaign observers. One
soldier speaking to himself and mouthing patriotic platitudes, but as his
advice to a mother, friend, wife, about ways to help them remember the
individual who may not be cominghome:
If I should die, think only this of me:
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England.6
The poem is more about consoling the soon-to-be-bereaved than it is
about delivering the poet’s own elegy.
In Germany, too, the problem of finding fitting ways to remember
began early. In October 1914 Peter Kollwitz, son of the Expressionist
artist Käthe Kollwitz and her husband
-language immigrants, the children began to teach the parent.
And yes I’d been a very strong parental influence, you know, it wasn’t like
I’m a weak person, but if we went to the city they would take me on the
trams and show me how to do everything, because they were jumping on
and off trams and they were just … off and running and doing things that I
wasn’t doing. I was jumping in the car in the morning, and going to work,
cominghome at night, making the dinner, feeling horrible, go to bed,
crying all night, getting up, doing it all again the next day.
Six years after arrival
Boundaries: when are information and communication technologies cominghome?
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telephony in the 1990s, COST 248 report, Farsta, Telia.
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for the fifth ASEAT conference, ‘Demand, Markets, Users and Innovation: sociological and economic approaches’, 14–16 September, Manchester, UMIST.
Hoogma, R., and Schot, J. (1999), ‘How Innovative are Users? A critique of learningby
would be crossing the Atlantic and cominghome. In her account of writing that
conﬁrmatory letter she invokes destiny and the intervention of the spirit
world – two common devices of spiritualists – for a reply that seemed to
be written without her volition. She intended to write that she would be
back in England in a month’s time, yet instead she ﬁnds herself writing
something that would change her life forever. She describes what happens
in the following vivid terms:
In place of making this announcement, however, I deliberately wrote, and
that whilst in the full
that in Burnage
her children’s social networks and capital were limited. She used the
example of afternoon tea invitations which were not reciprocated by
her children’s friends, because ‘children from big Asian families,
who obviously live a different life, it’s difficult, cominghome for tea,
it’s difficult because these children cannot’ and how vegetarian food
had to be provided ‘because of halal meats’.
Richard Hacker has argued that multiculturalism as a concept is
‘given only a taken-for-granted common sense meaning, impoverished both theoretically
social media metrics of ‘likes’ or ‘followers’, patients posting online clearly felt
valued through this sharing, in a sense of ‘paying back’ to an online community that had been so influential in their own decision-making.
Back home, transformed
The beginning of the rest of my life
Cosmetic surgery tourists use blogs and sites like Facebook and YouTube to
tell stories of their experiences after surgery, often summing up the entire
process from preliminary enquiries to cominghome under headings like ‘The
beginning of the rest of my life’ (All wrapped up 2012