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Kitchen Drama: Performances, patriarchy and power dynamics in a Dorset farmhouse kitchen

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The paper explores the power relations that identified a farming family through a particular farmhouse kitchen in Dorset, England. Studying this kitchen space was important, because on one hand it embodied a systemic sense of power, symbolising patrilineal inheritance with its ownership passed through male hands. Memories and voices haunted its space and pieces of inherited family furniture dominated its configuration, resisted change and defined performances. On the other hand, kitchen space exposed the complexity of power relations as household members were simultaneously disciplined by it and affected its substance. An episode of kitchen life illustrates this paper based on participant observation of a farming family in Dorset. Drama de Cocina: interpretación, patriarca y dinámicos de poder en una cocina granja de Dorset Este papel explora las relaciones de poder en una familia granja a través de su cocina en Dorset, Inglaterra. Estudiando este espacio cocina era importante porque por una parte personificó un sentido sistemático del poder, simbolizando la herencia patrilineal con la propiedad que traspasa por las manos masculinas. Las memorias y las voces andan por el espacio de la cocina los pedazos de muebles heredados de familia dominaron su configuración, resistieron variación y definieron interpretaciones. Por otra parte, el espacio de la cocina expone la complejidad de relaciones de poder mientras los miembros de la familia fueron disciplinado simultáneamente por él y afectaron su sustancia. Basado en observación participante, este papel utiliza como ilustración un episodio de la vida de la cocina de una familia granja en Dorset, Inglaterra.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Leicester, Department of Geography, UK

Publication date: 2006-04-01

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