The article is an attempt to describe the situation of moving out and being at home as an embodiment and habit according to the concept created by Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Jean-Claude Kaufmann. The article has been divided into four parts which attempt to answer questions which explain the moving out experience. First, what happens to the home and in the home when one or several of its inhabitants leave? The answer to this question was based on the concept of the body and habits formulated by Maurice Merleau-Ponty which leads to the statement that such a situation leads to a sudden disruption of the habits associated with the home. Second, what is the process of returning to the situation in which the home feels one's own - i.e. where the inhabitant feels comfortable? At this point attention is drawn to the research into habits conducted by Jean-Claude Kaufmann which discusses the process of the creation of new habits. Third, what is the embodiment of a home? Here Peter King's work was very helpful. He states that the feeling of safety, intimacy and privacy in the home are closely related to the process of embodiment. Fourth, what are the consequences for the residents of a change in the domestic landscape? At this point the concept of embodiment will be associated with the problem of self-reference, which leads to the conclusion that a change in the domestic landscape (people and things) is associated with a change in the residents themselves.
M. Jewdokimow, Szkola Nauk Spolecznych przy IFiS PAN, ul. Nowy Swiat 72, 00-330 Warszawa, Poland
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