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Anthropological Perspectives on Changing Practices of Dwelling and Building
Edited by Rosalie Stolz and Jonathan Alderman
392 pages, 30 ills., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80539-231-6 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (January 2024)
eISBN 978-1-80539-232-3 eBook Not Yet Published
“An interesting and worthwhile collection, covering a wide range of different themes relating to change and transformation related to the house.” • Monica Janowski, University of London
“Houses Transformed is a timely and comprehensive volume which closely considers how different communities around the globe have similar or different responses to the pressures of contemporary lifestyles.” • Debbie Whelan, University of Lincoln
Over the decades, there has been a world-wide transformation of so-called ‘vernacular houses’. Based on ethnographic accounts from different regions, Houses Transformed investigates the changing practices of building houses in a transnational context. It explores the intersection of house biographies and social change, the politics of housing design, the social fabrication of aspirational houses, the domestication of concrete and the intersection of materiality and ontology as well as the rhetoric of the vernacular. The volume provides new anthropological pathways to understanding the dynamics of dwelling in the 21st century.
Rosalie Stolz is currently Guest Professor at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin and is the principal investigator of the project ‘Construction Pioneers: Building Innovation in Upland Northern Laos’, funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. She is the author of Living Kinship, Fearing Spirits (NIAS Press, 2021).
Jonathan Alderman is Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Amerindian, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of St Andrews and Associate Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London. He has co-edited The Social and Political Life of Latin American Infrastructures (Institute for Latin American Studies, 2022).
Subject: Anthropology (General)SociologyDevelopment Studies
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