Gender and the Construction of Home Life

  • Pauline Hunt


In England for cultural, and possibly climatic, reasons most interpersonal relationships take place behind closed doors. Domestic life is not readily available for investigation. What really goes on in most people’s homes remains a mystery, an intriguing and frustrating mystery:

There is hardly a garden in England which is not surrounded by wall or hedge or railing, the obscurer the better ... There is hardly a window in any family house which is not curtained effectively to obscure the view of the inquisitive passer-by. And as a consequence there is no play or book or film so successful as that which deals with the intimacies of family life, which, except in one family - his or her own - are a complete mystery to the ordinary man or woman. (Spring Rice, 1981, p. 16)


Domestic Work Home Life Domestic Life Picture Frame Aesthetic Preference 


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© Graham Allan and Graham Crow 1989

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