Dressing and undressing the house: Rethinking objects in and out of the households

Magda Buchczyk

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Abstract

Based on anthropological fieldwork with a museum collection, this article discusses the changing nature of the rural household in central Romania. Through a detailed examination of the interiors it provides an understanding of the local perspectives on the traditional households. Tracing the historical process of undressing and remaking this space, the article highlights the shifting local attitudes towards domesticity and different sentiments towards the house represented by source communities and museum professionals. It aims to illuminate the contrasting time-spaces in which rural households are embedded and to provide a context for rethinking this material in the museum setting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-282
Number of pages28
JournalHome Cultures
Volume13
Issue number3
Early online date22 Dec 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Bibliographical note

This research was funded by AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award between the Horniman Museum and Goldsmiths College

Keywords

  • Ethnography
  • Material Culture
  • Household
  • Interior
  • Chronotope
  • interior decoration

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