This session seeks papers related to the broad theme of the sociology of home — the material and imagined places in which we live and experience much of our daily lives. We are interested in exploring the physical and cultural construction of the concrete homes we live in, and the political economy, including economic and ecological crises, that affect our creation and experiences of home. We intend to explore the concept of home through the themes of aesthetics, community, production and consumption, work and leisure. Papers might address questions such as: What is the future of the house and how will this impact our understanding of home? What is the art of living in and through home? How is the house a mechanism of discipline? How do larger political and economic trends shape our experience(s) of home? Who controls the creation of home? Can everyone have a home? How are homes either constructed by, or implicated in, the (re)definition between the private and the public, the personal and the common, family and community, leisure and work, and production and consumption?
Session Organizer: Joseph Moore, PhD, Vancouver Island University, Joseph.Moore@viu.ca
Session Co-organizer: Gillian Anderson, Vancouver Island University, Gillian.Anderson@viu.ca
Session Co-organizer: Laura Suski, Vancouver Island University, Laura.Suski@viu.ca
This session has been divided into two sub-sessions.
Sociology of Home I
Session Code: US1-A
Session Chair: Gillian Anderson, Vancouver Island University
Sociology of Home II
Session Code: US1-B
Session Chair: Emily Huddart Kennedy, University of Alberta