Temporal Aspects of Homes

A Transactional Perspective
  • Carol M. Werner
  • Irwin Altman
  • Diana Oxley
Part of the Human Behavior and Environment book series (HUBE, volume 8)


There are many ways of studying homes, each focusing on a different aspect, such as physical qualities, satisfaction, use patterns, and phenomenological experiences. Our thesis is that, central to any of these aspects of homes, and therefore integral to the distinction between house and home,are the temporal qualities of linear and cyclical time and their subordinate qualities of salience, scale, pace, and rhythm. The goal of this chapter is to propose a general framework that describes these key temporal qualities in the context of a broader transactional orientation. The chapter has four major sections: (1) a description of the transactional world view and of the home as a transactional unity; (2) a discussion of the proposed temporal framework bolstered by examples from a variety of societies; (3) two case studies that demonstrate the application of the framework; and (4) potential research and practical implications of the model.


Social Relationship Temporal Aspect Psychological Experience Cyclical Time Cyclical Event 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol M. Werner
    • 1
  • Irwin Altman
    • 2
  • Diana Oxley
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA
  2. 2.Office of the Vice President for Academic AffairsUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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