GEOG 2TS3 - Geographies of Home

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Geographies of Home January 21 st 2016
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Introduction The interdependence of home & work The meanings of home Defining characteristics of home ‘Home’ at different spatial scales Readings: Mee & Vaughn (2012) Johnsen et al (2005) for writing assignment Thurs 28
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The interdependence of home & work Lectures: bracketing ‘home’ and ‘work’ But… the boundry between them is not firm Spaces of production & social reproduction conceived as separate spheres Historically, social scientists privileged production, workplace (masculine) as an object of study Shortcomings with this approach Home is a site of paid work (telecommuting, nannies, homecare…) Home is a site of unpaid work (even if not recognized as work) Relationally, production made possible by social reproduction at home
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Defining characteristics of home ‘Home’ is complex & multi-dimensional Somerville (1992, 537): home is an ideological construct: “involving compounds of cognitive and emotive meaning, and embracing within [its] meaning complex and variable distinctions between ideality and reality” Distinction between the real and the ideal What should ‘home’ look like? Whose views/experiences prevail? How do lived experiences of home compare to this ideal?
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Defining characteristics of home 1. Home as shelter Protection from the elements Ideally, warm/cool, dry, quiet, well lit and well ventilated
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