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Mucahit Bilici

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226049564

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226922874.001.0001

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On Appropriation and Inhabitation

On Appropriation and Inhabitation

(p.198) Conclusion On Appropriation and Inhabitation
Finding Mecca in America

Mucahit Bilici

University of Chicago Press

This chapter offers a theory of inhabitation. It clarifies the meanings of being diasporic and being at home. It presents a series of concepts that facilitate the understanding of “nativity” as a general human condition. How do the alienated regain solidarity with the world? How does the opaque object that a subject struggles “with” become a transparent equipment the subject is fluent “in?” The chapter delineates the acquisition of “learned ignorance” (Bourdieu) or “inconspicuous familiarity” (Heidegger) that is at the heart of inhabitation. It lays out the ethical elements of the intricate process through which the diasporic stranger becomes a native citizen. As such it is an invitation to further thinking on the often neglected notions of appropriation and inhabitation.

Keywords:   American Muslims, diasporic, nativity, learned ignorance, inhabitation, inconspicuous familiarity

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