"This is for the Children, the Grandchildren …": Houses of Moroccan Immigrants in Metropolitan Tel Aviv

Iris Levin Azriel

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    Abstract

    The meaning of migrant housing materiality has not been adequately researched, especially when compared to the meaning of the home for immigrants, a matter of extensive discussion in the past two decades. This paper focuses on the meaning of housing materiality for 12 immigrants who migrated from Morocco to Israel some 60 years ago. Drawing on qualitative data gathered in 2007 and 2008, the paper develops a theoretical framework considering "house as community" and "house materiality" as two interrelating explanations for the migrant housing materiality. Through this framework, and with the concepts of performance and performativity, the paper first explores former houses of participants in Morocco and then presents current houses in Tel Aviv, Israel, to establish links between the two housing forms and reveal the meanings of objects in the homes. It is argued that as a reaction to the dominant Israeli society, housing materiality enables participants to educate successive generations and Israeli society at large about the rich cultural life of Moroccan-Jews that existed before their migration to Israel.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)54-75
    Number of pages22
    JournalHousing, Theory and Society
    Volume31
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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