DISCOVERING A NEW MEANING OF HOME

  • Elizabeth Reichert Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Abstract

When Ifirst came to the United States to study social work over a decade ago, 1considered my entire being as German, including family, friends, and just abouteverything else of importance. While I had previously ventured beyond Germany, Inever doubted that Germany was my home. Today, I have discovered anew meaning of home, which questions whether identity can ever becompletely defined through nationality. This essay explores the evolution of myhome from beginnings in early post-war Germany to the present, and how thisprocess has shaped my outlook on teaching and practice.   Copyright of Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping is the property of ClevelandState University and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to alistserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print,download, or email articles for individual use.

Author Biography

Elizabeth Reichert, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
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