What design can do? House as a set of relations Cover Image

Co design może zdziałać? Dom jako zespół relacji
What design can do? House as a set of relations

Author(s): Kamil Kuhr
Subject(s): Anthropology, Architecture, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Social psychology and group interaction, Social development, Crowd Psychology: Mass phenomena and political interactions, Studies in violence and power, Rural and urban sociology, Migration Studies, Social Norms / Social Control, Sociology of Politics, Globalization, Sociology of Art, Geopolitics
Published by: Szkoła Wyższa Psychologii Społecznej
Keywords: popular culture; Better Shelter; home; relations; cohabitation; refugees

Summary/Abstract: An interpretation of „Better Shelter” by Ikea provides a point of departure for cultural analysis of the term „home”. By asking what design can do and how it affects different understandings of home territories, I prove that common meaning of „home” is a justification for the antagonistic division into us and them. As an alternative, I suggest that home territories should be seen as performative spaces (David Morley). I analyze „The Microbial Home” with reference to Judith Butler’s theory of bodies-as-living-set-of-relations in order to show that homes are analogous sets-of-relations. In this context, design would be a way of thinking that creates inclusive spaces and addresses social issues (i.e. global migrations, environmental degradation).

  • Issue Year: 52/2017
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 118-127
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Polish