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Family photographs and domestic spacings: a case study

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This paper elaborates the argument that domestic space should be considered as the product of relations that extend beyond the home. It examines one common domestic object – family photographs – and explores how the particularity of this photography and the specificity of its display by white middle-class mothers with young children in South-east England produce just such an extended domestic space. The stretched space co-produced by these mothers and photographs is also a form of stretched time, and it is integrative in complex ways; it contains different kinds of absences which disturb but do not break its cohesion. The paper also discusses why the display of family photographs is done almost exclusively by women.

Keywords: discourse analysis; domestic; family photographs; mothers; objects; spatiality

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, Email:

Publication date: 2003-03-01

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