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Cultural Ideals of Home: The Social Dynamics of Domestic Space

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Spanning the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries, this book investigates how home is imagined, staged and experienced in western cultures.Questions about meanings of 'home' and domestic culture are triggered by dramatic changes in values and ideals about the dwellings we live in and the dwellings we desire or dread. Deborah Chambers explores how home is idealised as a middle-class haven, managed as an investment, and signified as a status symbol and expression of personal identity. She addresses a range of public, state, commercial, popular and expert discourses about 'home': the heritage industry, design exhibitions, television, social media, home mobilities and migration, smart technologies and ecological sustainability. Drawing on cross-disciplinary research including cultural history and cultural geography, the book offers a distinctive media and cultural studies approach supported by original, historically informed case studies on interior and domestic design; exhibitions of model homes; TV home interiors; 'media home' imaginaries; multiscreen homes; corporate visions of 'homes of tomorrow' and digital smart homes.A comprehensive and engaging study, this book is ideal for students and researchers of cultural studies, cultural history, media and communication studies, as well as sociology , gender studies, cultural geography and design studies.

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Author(s): Chambers D

Series Editor(s): Ben Highmore, Gillian Swanson

Publication type: Authored Book

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Directions in Cultural History

Year: 2020

Number of Volumes: 1

Number of Pages: 244

Print publication date: 07/04/2020

Acceptance date: 01/02/2020

Publisher: Routledge

Place Published: London, UK

Notes: 9781138637931 paperback ISBN.

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ISBN: 9781138637924