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Home, Materiality, Memory and Belonging: keeping culture

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.

 

Buy the book/download free sample: http://www.palgrave.com/PRODUCTS/TitlePrint.aspx?PID=358160

 

Website photo-gallery (password-protected – please email HurdleyR1@cardiff.ac.uk for Access)

http://www.postmodernisnt.co.uk/

 

Radio interviews about the study:

 

Film series Making Wales, Remembering Home:

http://vimeo.com/channels/makingwales

 

Useful Links:

Armitage ‘About his person’.  [In  Kid:  Copyright Faber and Faber 1992]

http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/about-his-person/

 

Austen:  Pride and Prejudice.

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1342/1342-h/1342-h.htm

 

Beecher & Beecher Stowe: The American woman’s home.

http://www.archive.org/details/americanwomansho00beecrich

 

Bede: Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum.

http://www.heroofcamelot.com/docs/Bede-Ecclesiastical-History.pdf

 

Clapham et al.: Housing Options and Solutions for young people in 2020. http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/housing-options-solutions-young-people

 

Crain: ‘Surveillance Society: Mass Observation and the meaning of everyday life’. 

http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/09/11/060911crat_atlarge?currentPage=all#ixzz0Z4pLOQQ7 

 

Doar: ‘Reconciling Tourism and Conservation: the Case of Historic Towns’. 

http://www.chinaheritagequarterly.org/articles.php?searchterm=002_historictowns.inc&issue=002

 

Future Homes Commission: The Way We Live Now.

http://www.architecture.com/Files/RIBAHoldings/PolicyAndInternationalRelations/HomeWise/ThewaywelivenowRIBAIpsosMORIMay2012.pdf

 

Garfield: ‘We are at War: about the book’:

http://www.simongarfield.com/pages/books/we_are_at_war.htm

 

Geffrye Museum website.

http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/

 

Global Voices:

http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/08/30/controversial-tibet-theme-park-project-is-launched/

 

Harrison: ‘Descriptions of Britain and England’ [in Holinshed’s Chronicles]. http://dewey.lib.upenn.edu/sceti/PrintedBooksnew/index.cfm?TextID=holinshed_chronicleandPagePosition=1

 

House of Commons Library: ‘The Right to Buy’ [and later social housing archive papers].

http://www.parliament.uk/topics/Social-rented-housingArchive.htm

 

Hurdley (2006) ‘Dismantling Mantelpieces: narrating identities and materialising culture in the home’.

http://soc.sagepub.com/content/40/4/717.abstract

 

 

Hurdley (2007) ‘Objecting Relations: the problem of the gift’.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-954X.2007.00685.x/abstract

 

Hurdley (2007a) ‘Focal Points: framing material culture and visual data’.

http://qrj.sagepub.com/content/7/3/355.abstract

 

Hurdley (2010) ‘In the Picture or Off the Wall?: ethical regulation, research habitus and unpeopled ethnography’.

http://qix.sagepub.com/content/16/6/517

 

 

Hurdley & Dicks: ‘In-between practice: working in the “thirdspace” of sensory and multimodal methodology’.

http://qrj.sagepub.com/content/11/3/277.abstract

 

Law (2003): ‘Making a Mess with Method’. 

http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/sociology/research/publications/papers/law-making-a-mess-with-method.pdf

 

Lladró factory website. 

www.lladro.com

 

Mass Observation websit.

http://www.massobs.org.uk/index.htm

 

McVeigh: ‘30 years on, the right-to-buy revolution that still divides Britain’s housing estates’. 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/dec/06/right-to-buy-housing-thatcher

 

Office for National Statistics [ONS]: ‘Family Spending, 2011 Edition’: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/family-spending/family-spending/family-spending-2011-edition/sum-consumer-durables-nugget.html

 

Peabody Essex Museum website [site of Yin Yu Tang House].

http://www.pem.org/sites/yinyutang/

 

Peck: Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities:

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus:text:1999.04.0062

 

 

Rumford: ‘Of Chimney fire-places: Essay IV’.

http://www.rumford.com/chimneyfireplaces1.html

 

Savage (2007): ‘Changing Social Class Identities in Post-War Britain: Perspectives from Mass-Observation’. 

http://www.socresonline.org.uk/12/3/6.html [may be necessary to cut and paste in web browser]

 

 

St Fagans: St Fagans National History Museum, Wales/Sain Ffagan Amgueddfa Werin Cymru website:

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/stfagans/

 

UNESCO: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list

 

Vickery: ‘An  Englishman’s Home Is His Castle? Thresholds, Boundaries and Privacies in the 18th century London House’. 

http://past.oxfordjournals.org/content/199/1/147.full

 

Whitman: Leaves of Grass.:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1322