232 pages | 8 B/W Illus.
This book explores how people encounter the pasts of their homes, offering insights into the affective, emotional and embodied geographies of domestic heritage.
For many people the intimacy of dwelling is tempered by levels of awareness that their home has been previously occupied by other people whose traces remain in the objects, décor, spaces, stories, memories and atmospheres they leave behind. This book frames home as a site of historical encounter, knowledge and imagination, exploring how different forms of domestic ‘inheritance’ – material, felt, imagined, known – inform or challenge people’s homemaking practices and feelings of belonging, and how the meanings and experiences of domestic space and dwelling are shaped by residents’ awareness of their home’s history. The domestic home becomes an important site for heritage work, an intimate space of memories and histories – both our own but also not our own – a place of real and imagined encounters with a range of selves and others.
This book will be of interest to academics, students and professionals in the field of heritage studies, cultural geography, contemporary archaeology, public history, museum studies, sociology and anthropology.
Acknowledgements; 1: Introduction: Heritage in the Home in context; Part I: Experiencing the past at home 2: Knowing and imagining the past at home; 3: Presences of the past: energies, auras, ghosts; Part II: Past residents at home 4: Connecting with the past: domestic genealogies; 5: Belonging to the past: negotiating ownership; Part III: Material pasts at home 6: Found objects: the tangible past at home; 7: Improving home: the ethics and aesthetics of custodianship; Conclusion: Heritage in the home in wider context; Index
In Memory of Professor Steve Watson (1958-2016)
This book series, edited by Divya P. Tolia-Kelly and Emma Waterton, is dedicated to Professor Steve Watson. Steve was a pioneer in heritage studies and was inspirational in both our personal academic trajectories. We, as three editors of the series, started this journey together, but alas we lost his magnificent scholarship and valued counsel too soon.
The series brings together a variety of new approaches to heritage as a significant affective cultural experience. Collectively, the volumes in the series provide orientation and a voice for scholars who are making distinctive progress in a field that draws from a range of disciplines, including geography, history, cultural studies, archaeology, heritage studies, public history, tourism studies, sociology and anthropology – as evidenced in the disciplinary origins of contributors to current heritage debates. The series publishes a mix of speculative and research-informed monographs and edited collections that will shape the agenda for heritage research and debate. The series engages with the concept and practice of Heritage as co-constituted through emotion and affect. The series privileges the cultural politics of emotion and affect as key categories of heritage experience. These are the registers through which the authors in the series engage with theory, methods and innovations in scholarship in the sphere of heritage studies.