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Emeritus Professor Michael Allen Fox has published a new book in the Oxford 'Very Short Introductions' series: Home: A Very Short Introduction. It's currently available for pre-order from Amazon.

“Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.”  “Home is where the heart is.”  These well-known expressions indicate that home is somewhere desirable, but that also exists in the mind’s eye as much as in a particular physical location.  Across cultures and centuries people of varied means have made homes for themselves and those they care about.  Humans have clearly evolved to be homebuilders, homemakers, and home-nesters.  Dwellings recognizable as homes have been found everywhere archaeologists and anthropologists have looked, representing every era of history and prehistory.

Why is home so important to us?  Because for better or worse, by presence or absence, it is a crucial point of reference—in memory, feeling, and imagination—for inventing the story of ourselves, our life-narrative, for understanding our place in time.  But it is also a vital link through which we connect with others past and present, and with the world and the universe at large.