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Housing and home-making in low-income urban settlements: Sri Lanka and Colombia

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Peter Kellett


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Enabling the making of home is central to the practices of housing, but constructing home is more than building adequate shelter. It is about establishing, nurturing and managing social relationships and bringing together spaces, objects and elements to represent and celebrate desired relationships, events and memories. Drawing on empirical data from Sri Lanka and Colombia, this paper examines in detail the practices of home-making in low-income settlements. By focussing on people's conceptions of home and by identifying key social and societal practices, the paper offers insights into the processes of home-making among ordinary dwellers in developing countries and calls for culturally sensitive and holistic housing interventions which support and complement these processes. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008.

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Author(s): Dayaratne R, Kellett P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Housing and the Built Environment

Year: 2008

Volume: 23

Issue: 1

Pages: 53-70

ISSN (print): 1566-4910

ISSN (electronic): 1573-7772

Publisher: Springer Netherlands


DOI: 10.1007/s10901-007-9099-0


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