Domestic temporalities

Nature times in the house-as-home

Emma R. Power*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Studies of domestic temporalities have emphasised the timing of social activities and interactions in the home, including how family members negotiate their use of home spaces and technologies, the impact of flexible work practices on home, and the organisation of care and mothering activities. But home is also shaped by the rhythms and times of nonhumans that inhabit, travel through and are part of the house-as-home; it is further shaped by the environment outside home. Drawing inspiration from recent discussions of nature times the paper explores the more-than-human temporalities of domestic space. It charts the ageing and decay of house structures, the disruption caused by nocturnal animals, and the seasonal cycles of sunlight and plant growth that immediately surround the home, attending to the ways that these events shape everyday experiences of home and homemaking. These times and rhythms are examined through interviews undertaken with people living with uninvited brushtail possums in the ceilings of their homes, interviews and diaries completed by new dog owners, interviews with gardeners, and analysis of popular Australian homemaking magazines. These stories emphasise the dynamic and unfolding nature of the house-as-home as a hybrid timespace produced through an ongoing entwinement of human and nonhuman, living and non-living, culture and nature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1024-1032
Number of pages9
JournalGeoforum
Volume40
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009

Keywords

  • Common brushtail possum
  • Companion animals
  • Decay
  • Homemaking
  • More-than-human agency
  • More-than-human geographies
  • Nature
  • Temporality

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