Being at Home Today: Inhabitance Practices and the Transformation and Blurring of French Domestic Living Spaces

  • Véronique Beillan
  • Sylvie Douzou


This chapter analyses how various domestic spaces are caught up in some of the most significant societal transformations observed in France. The authors explore households’ inhabitance practices and underline the importance of two movements that interweave: firstly, a renewed multi-functionality in flexible domestic spaces and, secondly, the individuation of activities within these spaces. Both go hand in hand with a new composition of individual and collective daily temporalities and result in increased de-synchronised and spatio-temporal context-free activities served by ubiquitous access to services and nomadic tools. This complexity and the breaking or blurring of conventional boundaries imply that to track the dynamics of domestic energy use requires renewed units of analysis that would better capture the daily continuum of change as well as emergent patterns.



This work has been carried out within the framework of the DEMAND: Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand Research Centre funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council as part of the RCUK Energy Programme and by EDF as part of the R&D ECLEER Programme. The French case study was supported by the French National Research Agency. The authors also want to express their gratitude to the reviewers and in particular Allison Hui and Gordon Walker for their careful readings, relevant remarks and support.


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  • Véronique Beillan
    • 1
  • Sylvie Douzou
    • 1
  1. 1.EDF R&DPalaiseauFrance

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