A History of Domestic Space: Privacy and the Canadian Home by Peter WardA History of Domestic Space: Privacy and the Canadian Home by Peter Ward

A History of Domestic Space: Privacy and the Canadian Home

byPeter Ward

Paperback | July 1, 2009

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This is a history of domestic space in Canada. Peter Ward looks at how spaces in the Canadian home have changed over the last three centuries, and how family and social relationships have shaped – and been shaped by – these changing spaces. A fundamental element of daily life for individuals and families is domestic privacy, that of individuals and that of the family or household.

There are also two facets of privacy – privacy from and privacy to. Personal privacy sets the individual apart from the group, creating opportunities for seclusion. Family privacy draws boundaries between the household and the community, defending the solidarity of the home and providing a basis for family relationships. In both ways, privacy is intimately involved with the history of the house.

Over time, the changing size, shape, and location of the home have created widely different opportunities for family and personal privacy. Together with major shifts in household composition, family size, and domestic technology, they have gradually altered the conditions of everyday domestic life.

But the pattern of change has been far from uniform, for the nature, meaning, and experience of privacy in Canadian have varied widely over the past 300 years. This book explores some of those experiences and meanings, reflecting on their impllications for family and social life historically as well as in the recent past.

Peter Ward teaches in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia.
Title:A History of Domestic Space: Privacy and the Canadian HomeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.89 × 5.86 × 0.55 inPublished:July 1, 2009Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0774806850

ISBN - 13:9780774806855

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Table of Contents

1: Housing and Privacy

2: Interiors

Little House, Big House

The Question of Crowding

The Organization of Household Space

Domestic Technology and Interior Spaces

The Bathroom

The Parlour

The Kitchen

The Bedroom

The Apartment

3: The House in Its Setting

The Farmhouse

The Villa

The Home in City and Suburb

The Front of the House

Porches, Verandahs, Patios, Decks Gardens and Yards

4: Privacy and the Canadian Home


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Editorial Reviews

... readers will enjoy this humanized view of Canadian architecture. Ward’s book is a welcome complement to the recently published Homeplace by Peter Ennals and Deryck Holdsworth. - Laurie Stanley-Blackwell - CBRA 2239