Design at Home

Domestic Advice Books in Britain and the USA since 1945

By Grace Lees Maffei

© 2014 – Routledge

236 pages

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Hardback: 9780415656696
pub: 2013-12-17
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About the Book

Domestic advice literature is rich in information about design, ideals of domesticity, consumption and issues of identity, yet this literature remains a relatively neglected resource in comparison with magazines and film.

Design at Home brings together etiquette, homemaking and home decoration advice as sources in the first systematic demonstration of the historical value of domestic advice literature as a genre of word and image, and a discourse of dominance. This book traces a transatlantic domestic dialogue between the UK and the US as the chapters explore issues of design, domesticity, consumption, social interaction and identity markers including class, gender and age.

Areas covered include:

• the use of domestic advice by historians

• relationships between advice, housing and the middle class

• links between advice and gender

• advice and the teenage consumer

Design at Home is essential reading for students and scholars of cultural and social history, design history, and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Defining a Genre:Domestic Advice Literature Part I 1. The Roots of Domestic Advice Literature 2. Real Ideals: Advice and Fiction Part II 3. From Decline and Fall to Rise and Sprawl: Advice for the Middle Classes 4. Easier Living? Lady Behave! Advice and Gender 5. Advice and the Teenage Consumer at Home Conclusion

About the Author

Grace Lees-Maffei is a Reader in Design History at the University of Hertfordshire and the Managing Editor of the Journal of Design History. She researches the mediation of design, edited Writing Design: Words and Objects and co-edited Made in Italy: Rethinking a Century of Italian Design and The Design History Reader.

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Directions in Cultural History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS054000
HISTORY / Social History
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies

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