Ideals, Reality and Meaning: Homemaking in England in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/27187
Title:
Ideals, Reality and Meaning: Homemaking in England in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century
Authors:
Ponsonby, Margaret
Abstract:
Advice books in the first half of the nineteenth century offered homemakers instructions for creating the ideal home. The problem for the design historian is to ascertain with what results the homemaker mediated these instructions. This article suggests using lists of house contents, which survive in a variety of forms, and adopting a qualitative approach to their analysis. Evidence for a number of middle-class homes is used to explore the variations. The symbolic value of individual objects and their role within the material culture of the home is examined - in particular, the use of textiles to articulate the practical and symbolic functions of living rooms. Although all the examples followed the general tendencies of the period as described in advice books, they also showed distinct differences according to social status,age. sex and occupation. A qualitative approach to the evedence permits exploration of the differences between homes and the possible social and cultural meaning that they conveyed. (Oxford University Press)
Citation:
Journal of Design History, 16(3): 201-214
Publisher:
Oxford: Oxford University Press
Journal:
Journal of Design History
Issue Date:
2003
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/27187
DOI:
10.1093/jdh/16.3.201
Additional Links:
http://jdh.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/16/3/201
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
09524649; 17417279
Appears in Collections:
Trade, Retailing and Consumption History Group; History

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dc.contributor.authorPonsonby, Margaret-
dc.date.accessioned2008-05-20T19:54:11Z-
dc.date.available2008-05-20T19:54:11Z-
dc.date.issued2003-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Design History, 16(3): 201-214en
dc.identifier.issn09524649-
dc.identifier.issn17417279-
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/jdh/16.3.201-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/27187-
dc.description.abstractAdvice books in the first half of the nineteenth century offered homemakers instructions for creating the ideal home. The problem for the design historian is to ascertain with what results the homemaker mediated these instructions. This article suggests using lists of house contents, which survive in a variety of forms, and adopting a qualitative approach to their analysis. Evidence for a number of middle-class homes is used to explore the variations. The symbolic value of individual objects and their role within the material culture of the home is examined - in particular, the use of textiles to articulate the practical and symbolic functions of living rooms. Although all the examples followed the general tendencies of the period as described in advice books, they also showed distinct differences according to social status,age. sex and occupation. A qualitative approach to the evedence permits exploration of the differences between homes and the possible social and cultural meaning that they conveyed. (Oxford University Press)en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherOxford: Oxford University Pressen
dc.relation.urlhttp://jdh.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/16/3/201en
dc.subject19th centuryen
dc.subjectDesign historyen
dc.subjectHomemakingen
dc.subjectEnglish historyen
dc.subjectSocial historyen
dc.subjectCultural historyen
dc.subjectEconomic historyen
dc.subjectFurnitureen
dc.subjectTextilesen
dc.subjectDomestic interiorsen
dc.subjectCommoditiesen
dc.subjectSocial statusen
dc.subjectConsumersen
dc.titleIdeals, Reality and Meaning: Homemaking in England in the First Half of the Nineteenth Centuryen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Design Historyen
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