Winner of the 2014 John Collier Jr. Award Winner of the Jo Anne Stolaroff Cotsen Prize 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.
|Publisher:||Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press|
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About the Author
Jeanne E. Arnold is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Anthony P. Graesch is assistant professor of anthropology at Connecticut College. Photographer Enzo Ragazzini resides in the Tuscany region of Italy and his work has been featured at exhibitions throughout Europe and North America. Elinor Ochs is UCLA Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Applied Linguistics and served as director of the UCLA Sloan Center on Everyday Lives of Families.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments 01 Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century 02 Material Saturation: Mountains of Things 03 Food, Food, Food 04 Vanishing Leisure 05 Kitchens as Command Centers 06 Bathroom Bottlenecks 07 Master Suites as Sanctuaries 08 Plugged In 09 My Space, Your Space, Our Space: The Personalization of Home List of Photographs Endnotes Bibliography
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book looks fascinating, and I couldn't wait to read it until I realized that the authors have not made it available for E-readers. So, in order to read a book about how our "shop till you drop" society has cluttered up our minds, lives and homes - I have to purchase a hardcover book that, according to them, will just add more stuff to my already overstuffed life, and raise my stress hormones. They point out that the average home contains 438 books. Maybe the authors figure one more bit of clutter won't hurt....as long as it's theirs. Hmmmm.
Photos and text give a look at how people really live. A fascinating look at life that not only gives insight into our current culture, but a mirror that catches us doing the same things. Nothing like it out there. I have to comment, however, on Zebu44's review. Seriously, you give it one star because you couldn't get it in a particular format? A book isn't clutter. Having too many books might be. But why are you punishing all the authors because of the publishers "shortcoming"? Are you sure they are not planning an e-book version? You probably don't think of yourself this way, but gosh, that was a mean thing to do.
Since reading this book I haven't looked at my own home in the same way and I find myself analyzing other homes, comparing how we use our home and yard and the stuff that we own. There were a few fascinating dtails: how many yards are not used at all, no matter how many seats and playtoys are in them, how the number of things stuck to our refridgerator compares to the number of items we own. This provides a chance to compare the food you store, how long it takes to fix a meal, what rooms are used most. And how many of you actually park your cars inside the garage. What photographs do you have displayed and where? Do you have sports memorabilia displayed or religious stuff or items from your family's country of origin? This book presents a scientific study in a way that let's the reader use the results. You will look at your house differently...and may even start to clean out the extra stuff.