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Home and Sexuality: the 'other' side of the kitchen

Scicluna, R M (2017) Home and Sexuality: the 'other' side of the kitchen. Family and Intimate Life Series . Palgrave Macmillan, UK, 275 pp. ISBN 978-1-137-46037-0. E-ISBN 978-1-137-46038-7. (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-46038-7) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:62986)

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This book explores the meanings and experiences of home among a group of lesbians who over the past five decades have sought to create alternative intimate and public living spaces. The protagonists who enact the ethnographic narrative are a small group of older lesbians, mainly feminist activists, residing in the metropolis of London. The meaning of home and domestic space emerges from unique life histories informed by the wider social and political context, and moves from the earliest memories of their childhood kitchens to their contemporary domestic lives.

Leaping from the radical lesbian feminist collectives and squats of the 1980s to the ordinariness of home life, the kitchen emerged as a tangle of cultural norms, customs, duties, ideas, aspirations, expectations, and values that tells us about the thinking process and behaviour of this specific group of older lesbians. In this context, the kitchen brings out the experiences of social inequalities experienced by these older lesbians, mainly brought out by the hegemonic institution of heteronormativity and patriarchy.

This ethnography will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines in anthropology, sociology, geography and feminism.

Item Type: Book
DOI/Identification number: 10.1057/978-1-137-46038-7
Uncontrolled keywords: home, sexuality, gender, London, activism, older lesbians, alternative kinship/family
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Rachael Scicluna
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2017 18:09 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:48 UTC
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