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A History of Domestic Space: Privacy and the Canadian Home

A History of Domestic Space: Privacy and the Canadian Home (Paperback)

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This is a history of domestic space in Canada. Peter Ward looks at

how spaces in the Canadian home have changed over the last three

centuries, and how family and social relationships have shaped -- and

been shaped by -- these changing spaces. A fundamental element of daily

life for individuals and families is domestic privacy, that of

individuals and that of the family or household.

There are also two facets of privacy -- privacy from and privacy to.

Personal privacy sets the individual apart from the group, creating

opportunities for seclusion. Family privacy draws boundaries between

the household and the community, defending the solidarity of the home

and providing a basis for family relationships. In both ways, privacy

is intimately involved with the history of the house.

Over time, the changing size, shape, and location of the home have

created widely different opportunities for family and personal privacy.

Together with major shifts in household composition, family size, and

domestic technology, they have gradually altered the conditions of

everyday domestic life.

But the pattern of change has been far from uniform, for the nature,

meaning, and experience of privacy in Canadian have varied widely over

the past 300 years. This book explores some of those experiences and

meanings, reflecting on their impllications for family and social life

historically as well as in the recent past.

Architecture & DesignArchitectureResidential buildings, domestic buildingsHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the AmericasPhilosophy, Psychology & Social Sciences Publisher: University of British Columbia Press Publication Date: 01/07/2009 ISBN-13: 9780774806855  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Peter Ward teaches in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia.

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