Hanging out at home: Laundry as a thread and texture of everyday life

Sarah Pink, Kerstin L. Mackley, Roxana Moroşanu

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Abstract

Laundry, one of the most mundane but most fundamental everyday life activities, has received little attention in cultural studies of everyday life. In contrast it has attracted the analytical attention of sociologists of everyday practices and social relations, and energy and health researchers. Here we suggest that an approach which attends to theoretical turns towards phenomenology, spatiality and materiality can offer a new interpretation of the significance and implications of laundry in everyday life. Drawing on research in 20 UK households, we focus on the example of indoor laundry drying to interpret laundry through a theory of place and materiality. We suggest that such an approach offers new understandings of how home is made and has implications for how cultural studies research into everyday life might be engaged in applied research relating to climate change and the environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-224
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Studies
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • energy
  • everyday life
  • home
  • laundry
  • materiality
  • theoretical-applied dialogue in cultural studies

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