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Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology

versão On-line ISSN 1445-7377
versão impressa ISSN 2079-7222

Indo-Pac. j. phenomenol. (Online) vol.12 no.1 Grahamstown Mai. 2012 

Children dwelling in the absence of home



Darcey M. Dachyshyn




The lived experience of children dwelling in the absence of home is explored through the memoirs of Haddy, who as a child of four moved with her family from Fiji to Canada. The recollections of some refugee children along with situations from the author's own life appear more nominally. The feeling of at-homeness, the act of leaving home, the experience of arriving in a new place, and making a new home are considered. Schutz's (1971) notion of the 'stranger' is applied to children living on the margin as they learn to be at ease in their new world (Lugones, 1987). The significance of language in the everyday lived experience of home (Heidegger, 1971) is also discussed. Moreover, Husserl's homeworld/alienworld dialectic as opened up by Steinbock (1995) is considered in some depth. The co-arising and interdependent nature of homeworld/alienworld is presented as essential to gaining insight into the lived experience of children between homes. Pedagogical considerations suggested for early learning and care settings include but are not limited to creating environments where homeworld/alienworld encounters can be lived out in rich and meaningful ways, promoting active engagement with difference and diversity, providing for home language and dominant language use, the establishment of homecomrade connections, and instilling a focus on the reciprocity of care for the other.



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About the Author



Darcey M. Dachyshyn is an early childhood education lecturer in the School of Maori, Social and Cultural Studies in Education at the University of Canterbury in Ötautahi, Aotearoa (Christchurch, New Zealand). Collaborative community-based research with refugee and immigrant communities in Edmonton, Canada, serves as a backdrop to her present explorations of what it means to live and teach interculturally in bicultural Aotearoa. In her work as an educator, Darcey strives to create ways for the lived experience of newcomers to inform early childhood pedagogy. Her tertiary teaching focuses on creating spaces and places for dialogue between culturally and linguistically diverse and dominant culture pre-service teachers and is seen as a way of bringing social justice and equity issues to the forefront of early care and education discourse. E-mail address:

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