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People, Places and Possessions


Edited By Antony Buxton, Linda Hulin and Jane Anderson

Central to human life and experience, habitation forms a context for enquiry within many disciplines. This collection brings together perspectives on human habitation in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, social history, material culture, literature, art and design, and architecture. Significant shared themes are the physical and social structuring of space, practice and agency, consumption and gender, and permanence and impermanence. Topics range from archaeological artefacts to architectural concepts, from Romano-British consumption to the 1950s Playboy apartment, from historical elite habitation to present-day homelessness, from dwelling «on the move» to the crisis of household dissolution, and from interior design to installation art. Not only is this volume a rich resource of varied aspects and contexts of habitation, it also provides compelling examples of the potential for interdisciplinary conversations around significant shared themes.


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List of Figures vii Antony Buxton, Linda Hulin and Jane Anderson Introduction 1 Part I Conceptualising Habitation 19 Linda Hulin 1 InHabiting Space: Archaeologists, Objects and Architecture 21 Jane Anderson 2 Uncertain Futures, Obscure Pasts: The Relationship between the Subject and the Object in the Praxis of Archaeology and Architectural Design 37 Andrea Placidi 3 Furnitecture 61 Part II Practising Habitation 81 Wendy Morrison 4 You Are Where You Eat: Worldview and the Public/ Private Preparation and Consumption of Food 83 Matthew Jenkins and Charlotte Newman 5 London in Pieces: A Biography of a Lost Urban Streetscape 107 vi Antony Buxton 6 Feasts and Triumphs: The Structural Dynamic of Elite Social Status in the English Country House 131 Rebecca Devers 7 Miracle Kitchens and Bachelor Pads: The Competing Narratives of Modern Spaces 153 Part III Diminished Habitation 173 Damian Robinson 8 A Home on the Waves: The Archaeology of Seafaring and Domestic Space 175 Rachael Kiddey 9 Homeless Habitus: An Archaeology of Homeless Places 197 Part IV Ruptured Habitation 217 Catherine Richardson 10 Continuity and Memory: Domestic Space, Gesture and Affection at the Sixteenth-Century Deathbed 219 Stephen Walker 11 Don’t Try This at Home: Artists’ Viewing Inhabitation 237 Frances F. Berdan Afterword 253 Notes on Contributors 261 Index 265

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