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Home Truths: Gender, Domestic Objects and Everyday Life by Sarah Pink

By Sarah Pink

Houses are outlined via smells, sounds, textures and gadgets, all of which replicate how humans stay their daily lives. From spray-painting the wall to enjoyable within the tub, the goods we use converse volumes approximately who we're. Home Truths explores fabric and sensory areas of the house to discover how gender roles are played. Sarah crimson indicates how daily goods starting from perfumes to cleaning soap powder imprint and strengthen day-by-day reviews and identification. How has the house been stricken by the truth that extra girls now paintings and extra males spend time engaged in household initiatives? How do extra conventional family-centered houses evaluate with these belonging to various kinfolk kinds and folks dwelling on my own? What does a research of household gender let us know approximately how switch happens? Answering those questions and plenty of extra, Home Truths indicates how daily actions could be deeply revealing of gender roles within the 21st century.

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And I think they think it’s quite amusing really. Nevertheless Pete told me he found it difficult to stick at housework and decorating, that he had a low boredom threshold and ‘I think secretly I’m 02 Home Truths 29/7/04 9:20 am Page 29 Video, Performance and Experience • 29 quite lazy. I think I’ll work hard. I think I’ve got a working class guilt thing about relaxing, you know. If I have time off I feel guilty. ’ For his friends, Pete consciously constructed an ‘eccentric’ masculine identity that ought to excuse his approach to his home.

Housework and home creativity are both processes of the constitution of self that involve embodied performative actions, material objects and sensory experience. Approaches to Housework and the Constitution of Gender Although anthropological studies have viewed housework as a necessary aspect of the functioning of domestic spheres, anthropologists have rarely focused on housework as the theme of their investigations. The sociology of housework has developed as a mainstream topic, the literature of which is, however, framed by theories of binary gender and patriarchy and is largely based on West and Zimmerman’s (1991 [1987]) notion of ‘doing gender’.

Miller identifies the home as a key site for research in the contemporary context in which we live because ‘In industrial societies, most of what matters to people is happening behind the closed doors of the private sphere’ (2001a: 1), therefore, ‘if this is where and how life is lived, it is very hard to see a future for an anthropology that excludes itself from the place where most of what matters in people’s lives takes place’ (2001a: 3). Of course Miller’s point should be taken on the understanding that much that people do in their homes is also mutually embedded with what they do outside their homes.

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