The Great Indoors, 1st Edition

  • Ben Highmore
  • Published By: Profile Books
  • ISBN-10: 1847653464
  • ISBN-13: 9781847653468
  • DDC: 392.36
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade + - College Senior
  • 288 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released May 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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The Great Indoors is the first cultural history of the family home in the twentieth century, comparable to Rachel Hewitt's Map of a Nation or Joe Moran's Queuing for Beginnners. As society has changed, so has the house: the hall - which had its finest hour during the middle ages, when families and their servants ate, slept and socialised there together - has now been relegated to a mere passageway, only useful for getting to other (more private) rooms. Highmore shows how houses display the currents of class, identity and social transformation that are displayed in the arrangement and use of the family home. And he also offers an engaging and stimulating peek through the curtains to explain why the fridge is used as a communication centre, how the loo (or toilet) inspired its very own literary genre and what your furniture arrangement reveals about how you function as a family.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Welcome Home.
2: Please Come In.
3: Take a Seat.
4: Put the Kettle On.
5: Mind Your Manners.
6: Ups and Downs.
7: Now Wash Your Hands.
8: Put the Light Out.
9: No Entry.
10: Mind Your Step.
11: Do Come Again.
List of Illustrations.