Explores the concept of 'house' in the context of Levi-Strauss' idea of the house as a link between kinship-based societies and class societies, developing this further into an examination of a conjuncture of architecture, people and symbolism.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Borgo fishermen 2. House and granary in former Toba Batak arhitecture 3. The house as a maker of identity 4. The house - empirical reality and theoretical category 5. Who's in charge around here? 6. Meanings and metaphors in the Jambi house 7. The imagined house; Society and house in rural Cambodia 8. Toba Batak women as custodians of the house 9. Fixed spaces for fluxed sentiments 10. Sociality on display 11. From house to house 12. Village, house and identity in Pipikoro 13. An ethnoarchaeologist in space 14. A view from Luang Prabang 15. The immortality of the house in Tana Toraja 16. Please come to my house and don't leave it.
Review in - Anthropos, Vol 99, 2004
'Although this book is written for anthropologists, the sheer richness of the ethnographic materials described in it will reward some general readers.' - The Times Higher Education Supplement