Between the Private and Public: On Living Space in the Past and Today Cover Image

Między tym, co prywatne a publiczne: o dawnej i współczesnej przestrzeni zamieszkiwania
Between the Private and Public: On Living Space in the Past and Today

Author(s): Renata Dopierała
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Instytut Stosowanych Nauk Społecznych Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: privacy; home; individual; public sphere

Summary/Abstract: The aim of this article is to evaluate modern and postmodern patterns of living space (especially the bedroom area) by reconstructing and examining some of its key aspects. In the first part, I concentrate on the emergence and existence of the private sphere of the home and analyse a fragment of Jędrzej Kitowicz's treatise on different forms of sleeping. In the second part, I examine the transformation of the pre-modern pattern of home space, which took place in the 19th century. Finally, I explore contemporary organisation of the living space and I also analyse a fragment of a press article on how to create an ideal and stylish bedroom. This process requires individuals to choose and make decisions associated with their lifestyles and personality. It also reflects significant phenomena in postmodern society: individualization, abstract systems and reflexivity.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 17 (1)
  • Page Range: 59-78
  • Page Count: 19