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    DOMESTIC BOUNDARIES Privacy, Visibility and the Norwegian Window

    Garvey, Pauline (2005) DOMESTIC BOUNDARIES Privacy, Visibility and the Norwegian Window. Journal of Material Culture, 10. pp. 157-176. ISSN 1359-1835

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    The article presents an exploration of domestic borders in the Norwegian town of Skien. Differences between homes may be minimal, however the differentiation between homes, can occasionally, be marked (Wallman, 1978: 203). This observation has relevance for Norwegian and Somali house- holds whereby perceptions of domestic boundaries, visibility and definitions of privacy are analysed. The domestic window is shown to provide one material medium for the negotiation of ethnic identity and social classifi- cation. I argue notions of the private are dynamic and contextual and frequently have less to do with ‘being seen’ than with a perception of the social gaze. Consequently, looking at ethnic minorities, Norwegian locals and the private home in Skien does not just imply investigating the link between visibility and privacy but questioning the ideas on which this link is based, and rethinking notions of privacy itself.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: ethnicity; ethnicity; privacy ; public and private boundaries; windows;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Anthropology
    Item ID: 8371
    Depositing User: Dr Pauline Garvey
    Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2017 12:31
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Material Culture
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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