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Homemaking in New Zealand: thinking through the mutually constitutive relationship between domestic material objects, heterosexuality and home

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This article explores the homemaking practices of heterosexual couples who live in Hamilton, Aotearoa New Zealand. Specifically, it examines the role of domestic material objects in the mutual production of heterosexuality and home. The article draws on data collected from joint and individual semi-structured interviews and self-directed photography with 14 heterosexual couples living in monogamous co-residential relationships. It offers an analysis of the ways in which heterosexual couples use ordinary household objects to constitute, consolidate and sometimes undermine their gendered and sexed subjectivities and interpersonal relationships. A focus on domestic material objects offers an opportunity for challenging normative assumptions about the relationship between heterosexuality and domestic space.
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Keywords: domestic material objects; gendered and sexed subjectivity; heterosexual couples; heterosexualidad; heterosexuality; homemaking; mantenimiento del hogar; objetos materiales dom├ęsticos; parejas heterosexuales; subjetividad generizada y sexuada

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton 3240, Aotearoa, New Zealand

Publication date: June 1, 2013

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