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Life at home in the twenty-first century :32 families open their doors /Jeanne E. Arnold ... [etal.].

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Arnold, Jeanne E.
[Los Angeles] : Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press
Acknowledgments -- About the authors -- 1: Life at home in the twenty-first century -- 2: Material saturation: mountains of possessions -- 3: Food, food, food -- 4: Vanishing leisure -- 5: Kitchens as command centers -- 6: Bathroom bottlenecks -- 7: Master suites as sanctuaries -- 8: Plugged in -- 9: My space, your space, our space: the personalization of home -- List of photographs -- Endnotes -- Bibliography.
Overview: Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century cross-cuts the ranks of important books on social history, consumerism, contemporary culture, the meaning of material culture, domestic architecture, and household ethnoarchaeology. It is a distant cousin of Material World and Hungry Planet in content and style, but represents a blend of rigorous science and photography that these books can claim. Using archaeological approaches to human material culture, this volume offers unprecedented access to the middle-class American home through the kaleidoscopic lens of no-limits photography and many kinds of never-before acquired data about how people actually live their lives at home. Based on a rigorous, nine-year project at UCLA, this book has appeal not only to scientists but also to all people who share intense curiosity about what goes on at home in their neighborhoods. Many who read the book will see their own lives mirrored in these pages and can reflect on how other people cope with their mountains of possessions and other daily challenges. Readers abroad will be equally fascinated by the contrasts between their own kinds of materialism and the typical American experience. The book will interest a range of designers, builders, and architects as well as scholars and students who research various facets of U.S. and global consumerism, cultural history, and economic history.
viii, 171 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 26 cm.
Gift of Carl R. Nold, 2013.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 165-170).
1931745617 (hardcover)
9781931745611 (hardcover)
Call Number
Stacks GN560.U6 A67 2012
Descriptive terms
Dwellings History 21st century.
Families History 21st century.
Home History 21st century.
Manners and customs.
Material culture History 21st century.
Material culture.
Social life and customs 21st century.
California Los Angeles
California Los Angeles.
Los Angeles (Calif.)