Home sweet home: a critical comment on Saunders and Williams

Somerville, Peter (1989) Home sweet home: a critical comment on Saunders and Williams. Housing Studies, 4 (2). pp. 113-118. ISSN 0267-3037

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While accepting the need for research which focuses on the social meaning of the home, this article takes issue with some of Saunders’ and Williams’ formulations for a research programme — in particular, the emphasis given to physical and design features of the home at the expense of an understanding of more fundamental gender and generational relations within the home. It attempts to uncover the assumptions lying behind those formulations, to clarify some of the conceptual confusions, and to point out some of the serious theoretical difficulties which such formulations have to resolve. It argues that theoretical advance in this area does not have to depend upon the adoption of a Weberian perspective, but must be situated within a broader theory of the production and maintenance of ideology, and this theory must be explicitly linked with theories of power and kinship. In particular, it is emphasised that power relations within the home, associated mainly with gender and age differences, need to be investigated in greater depth if the social significance of the home is to be properly understood.

Additional Information:Home sweet home: a critical comment on Saunders and Williams
Keywords:Housing policy
Subjects:L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K450 Housing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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