Material cultures of domestic interiors. Africa

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Abstract

The material cultures of domestic residential spaces are highly varied. As globalising processes unfold, domestic arenas are shaped by a variety of competing influences: traditional, informal, economic, and global. In urban Africa diverging trends are found. First, at the top of the housing market, a Western lifestyle and pattern of use of domestic space is common. Second, at the lower end of the housing market, domestic space is increasingly integrating income-generating activities. Examples abound where domestic space is affected by unusual combinations of internal and external processes. Thus, shack living has been noted as a fashion, whereby 'shack chic' has become a design style. © 2012

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Housing and Home
PublisherElsevier
Pages200-205
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780080471716
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

Keywords

  • Gated communities
  • Home-based enterprises
  • Informal economy
  • Shack chic
  • Slum tourism
  • Slums
  • Transnational houses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Grant, R. (2012). Material cultures of domestic interiors. Africa. In International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home (pp. 200-205). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-047163-1.00360-X