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Home, Materiality, Memory and Belonging: Keeping Culture (Palgrave MacMillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life)

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Why do mantelpieces matter? As everyday 'focal points', they offer a unique way into understanding how what matters relates to who matters.

Wide-ranging, original, innovative research assembles Mass Observation Archive material with historiographies of family, house and nation from ancient Greece to present-day Europe, China and America. Entwined with insightful ethnography of British domestic and heritage practices, these studies elicit how power works in the small spaces of home. Accompanied by films made with asylum seekers and participants' 'photo-calendars', it is an engaging, effective fusion of different modes of analysis, with imaginative theorising and auto-biographical reflection.

This cutting-edge contribution to current debates on identity unfolds how dominant cultural values not only exclude the dispossessed, but also limit possibilities for future networks of shared hope, loss and vulnerability.

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Why do mantelpieces matter? As everyday 'focal points', they offer a unique way into understanding how what matters relates to who matters.

Wide-ranging, original, innovative research assembles Mass Observation Archive material with historiographies of family, house and nation from ancient Greece to present-day Europe, China and America. Entwined with insightful ethnography of British domestic and heritage practices, these studies elicit how power works in the small spaces of home. Accompanied by films made with asylum seekers and participants' 'photo-calendars', it is an engaging, effective fusion of different modes of analysis, with imaginative theorising and auto-biographical reflection.

This cutting-edge contribution to current debates on identity unfolds how dominant cultural values not only exclude the dispossessed, but also limit possibilities for future networks of shared hope, loss and vulnerability.

About the Author

Rachel Hurdley is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Cardiff University School of Social Sciences, UK. Her research focuses on everyday relations between people, things, space and time, examining how identity, power and culture happen as small processes.

Table of Contents

PART I: PASTS: HISTORY, ARCHIVE AND MEMORY

1. Histories of Domestic Fire

2. Mass Observation Mantelpiece

3. Materialising Memory

PART II: PRESENTS - ORDERING IDENTITIES , THINGS AND HOME

4. Telling Identities

5. Relating the Gift

6. Focal Points

PART III: CULTURES OF 'HOME' - OTHER WAYS OF LOOKING

7. Defamiliarising Home

8. Genealogies of Difference

Product Details

ISBN:
9780230230286
Author:
Hurdley, Rachel
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Subject:
Family Relationships
Subject:
Furniture
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
290
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.25 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

Education » Writing
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » General
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » General
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Law » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Aging
Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Crafts » Furniture » Making

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Why do mantelpieces matter? As everyday 'focal points', they offer a unique way into understanding how what matters relates to who matters.

Wide-ranging, original, innovative research assembles Mass Observation Archive material with historiographies of family, house and nation from ancient Greece to present-day Europe, China and America. Entwined with insightful ethnography of British domestic and heritage practices, these studies elicit how power works in the small spaces of home. Accompanied by films made with asylum seekers and participants' 'photo-calendars', it is an engaging, effective fusion of different modes of analysis, with imaginative theorising and auto-biographical reflection.

This cutting-edge contribution to current debates on identity unfolds how dominant cultural values not only exclude the dispossessed, but also limit possibilities for future networks of shared hope, loss and vulnerability.
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