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"It doesn't even feel like it's being processed by your head": lesbian affective home journeys to and within townsville, Queensland, Australia

Chapter


Abstract


  • Townsville is my home now, but it's not where I belong, if that makes

    sense. I'm still so attached to Perth and Western Australia, like I consider

    that my home. I lived there for over 30 years, so it's been the primary

    experience of other places. And still comes back to me in so many

    ways. . . . I sort of feel those pangs of homesickness, and sometimes

    unexpectedly, like you're zoning out in front of the telly and they'll

    have some sort of story on Perth and so I get an emotional reaction.

    You feel it in your heart, like it doesn't even feel like it's being processed

    by your head, it just like catches your chest. ... I always talk

    about when I die I'll go home. I asked in the Will for my ashes to be

    scattered all over a beach in Fremantle. I feel like I'm really connected

    to that place, but at the same time I don't want to go back, at this point

    in time.

    As this quote from Sharni suggests, feelings for home are embodied, felt,

    often contradictory, and connected to one's sense of belonging and subjectivity.

    We begin with this quote because it is a vivid illustration of

    what we address in this chapter, in other words, the relationship between

    mobility, homemaking, emotion, and lesbian subjectivities.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Waitt, G. & Johnston, L. (2013). "It doesn''t even feel like it''s being processed by your head": lesbian affective home journeys to and within townsville, Queensland, Australia. In A. Gorman-Murray, B. Pini & L. Bryant (Eds.), Sexuality, Rurality and Geography (pp. 143-158). Lanham: Lexington Books.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1094

Book Title


  • Sexuality, Rurality and Geography

Start Page


  • 143

End Page


  • 158

Abstract


  • Townsville is my home now, but it's not where I belong, if that makes

    sense. I'm still so attached to Perth and Western Australia, like I consider

    that my home. I lived there for over 30 years, so it's been the primary

    experience of other places. And still comes back to me in so many

    ways. . . . I sort of feel those pangs of homesickness, and sometimes

    unexpectedly, like you're zoning out in front of the telly and they'll

    have some sort of story on Perth and so I get an emotional reaction.

    You feel it in your heart, like it doesn't even feel like it's being processed

    by your head, it just like catches your chest. ... I always talk

    about when I die I'll go home. I asked in the Will for my ashes to be

    scattered all over a beach in Fremantle. I feel like I'm really connected

    to that place, but at the same time I don't want to go back, at this point

    in time.

    As this quote from Sharni suggests, feelings for home are embodied, felt,

    often contradictory, and connected to one's sense of belonging and subjectivity.

    We begin with this quote because it is a vivid illustration of

    what we address in this chapter, in other words, the relationship between

    mobility, homemaking, emotion, and lesbian subjectivities.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Waitt, G. & Johnston, L. (2013). "It doesn''t even feel like it''s being processed by your head": lesbian affective home journeys to and within townsville, Queensland, Australia. In A. Gorman-Murray, B. Pini & L. Bryant (Eds.), Sexuality, Rurality and Geography (pp. 143-158). Lanham: Lexington Books.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1094

Book Title


  • Sexuality, Rurality and Geography

Start Page


  • 143

End Page


  • 158