The Art and Craft of Home

Eugene Halton

in The Great Brain Suck

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226314655
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226314679 | DOI:
The Art and Craft of Home

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This chapter suggests that while the things of the home are clearly the terminus of consumption culture, these and the home are also active sources of imaginative life. Living at home is more than a survival strategy and should be more than a dumping ground of consumption practices; the art and craft of the home are what make a house and its belongings a home, and what make a home a way of living. In both its design and furnishings, and in the practice of home-life, the home can be more than the mastering of necessities; it can be a realm of freedom. It need not be the unavoidable target of consumption culture and its enslaving devices, but rather a “domestic refuge” for the practice of life. The thing-stories of a home may be acts of creation, and one criterion in considering possessions and the question of materialism is whether the things and their thing-stories are in the end mere property indicators, or whether they can act as means and embodiments of self-creation through the practice of the art and craft of the home.

Keywords: homes; materialism; imaginative life; house; consumption culture; self-creation

Chapter.  10672 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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