Leach, RM (2018) Mrs Home: the moral and cultural construction of domesticity and respectability between the wars. Home Cultures, 14 (2). pp. 137-165.

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Abstract

This article uncovers archive material from the Foundations of Sociology archive: the output of the Institute of Sociology (Le Play House), exploring the cultural constructions of gendered domesticity and respectability among the lives of the poor and poorly housed in Chester in the interwar period. Focusing on a discursive re-analysis of original photographs and research notes recording the interior material cultures of home, hygiene, and decor, the article demonstrates that the characterization of the poor as morally and decoratively “failing” was embedded even in those “action researchers” of the Institute who sought direct social change. Depicting household interior photographs, plans, handwritten commentary, and personal material, the archive reveals another dimension of what is also a familiar, contemporary trope: the unwitting but damaging construction of the poor as Other.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Taylor & Francis at http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rfhc20 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: home, Institute of Sociology, Le Play House, poverty, domesticity, respectability, interiors, Chester, 1919-39
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 09 May 2017 12:54
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2019 11:57
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/3373

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