1st Edition

The Politics of Domestic Consumption
Critical Readings

ISBN 9780134333434
Published August 25, 1995 by Routledge
358 Pages

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Book Description

This Reader brings together a broad range of critical work on on the everday practices and power relations of domestic consumption -drawing on material from sociology, women's studies and media and cultural studies. The book is divided into five main sections - on economics, food and clothing, leisure and media reception, household technologies, and the construction of home - and its selected contributions examine the social dynamics of gender: generation, class and ethnicity.

Table of Contents

Introduction. The Economics of DomesticConsumption. Sharing the Same Table Consumption and the Family. I'm Hungry Mum: The Politics of Domestic Bugeting Household Spending. Personal Spending are the Control of Money in Marriage. Money Patterns of Responsibility in Marriage Money, Money, Money. The Significance of Food and Clothing in Family Life. It's a Pleasure to Cook for Him: Food, Mealtimes and Gender in some South Wales Households. Food and Family Ideology, Gender and the Gift. The Case of Family Clothing Economy. The Power Relations of Leisure and Media Reception. Leisure and the Household. Housewives and the Mass Media. The Act of Reading the Romance. The Gendered Framework of Family Viewing . Technology and Tradition: Audio-visual Culture among South Asian Families in West London Leisure. Lifestyle and the Construction of Social Position. The Uses and Interpretations of Household Technologies. Black and Decker versus Moulinex. Domestic Technology:
Labour-Saving or Enclaving? Technology in the Domestic Environment. Contextualising Home Computing: Resources and Practice. The Gendered Use of the Telephone. An Australian Case Study. The Cultural Construction of Home. My Own Fireside. The Creation of The Middle-Class Home. Inside Pram Town: A Case Study of Harlow House Interiors 1951-61. Gender and the Construction of Home Life. Popular Tast and Erudite. Repertoire: The Place and Space of Television in Brazil. Home Decoration as Popular Culture Constructing Homes, Gender and Classes in Norway.

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Stevi Jackson is Professor and Director of the Centre for Women's Studies at the University of York, UK.

Shaun Moores is Professor of Media and Communications at the University of Sunderland, UK.