This essay is an experiment that attends to the habit of tea as both subject and object. A coalescence of habit as threshold as home. In an assemblage of encounters, I hear, I sense, I smell, I taste, and I show how my habit (of tea) is a trestle—both a transport and a transaction in which I arrive and depart multiple times, every day. Consider these words a kind of searching (and finding), a cartographic tracing, a constellation—of habit, of home, of threshold—a plotting to find and arrive home.
Habit, Home, Threshold
Devika Chawla is Associate Professor in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. Her intellectual work focuses upon communicative, performative, and narrative approaches to home, travel, and identity in developing world contexts. Her essays have been published in numerous communication and interdisciplinary periodicals, and a number of edited volumes. She is the co-author of two books (with Amardo Rodriguez, Syracuse University): Intercultural Communication: An Ecological Approach (Kendall Hunt, 2010) and Liminal Traces: Storying, Performing, and Embodying Postcoloniality (Sense, 2011). Her forthcoming book, Home, Uprooted: Oral Historiesof India’s Partition (Fordham UP, 2014), is a cross-generational oral history account of refugees during India’s Partition. Correspondence to: Devika Chawla, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University, Lasher Hall 31, West Union Street, Athens, OH 45701, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Devika Chawla; Habit, Home, Threshold. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 June 2014; 3 (2): 152–161. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2014.3.2.152
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