Meanings of home in popular culture

J. Lloyd*

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Feeling at 'home' is not a function of just a physical structure, but an emotional and political process that is very closely tied to cultural context. Popular culture is a rich field of meaning-making as well as contestation of these processes. Popular culture forms such as magazines, television, films, music and, most importantly, homes themselves illustrate struggles to belong and make oneself at home in a social context. Whether home is something left behind, taken for granted, or longed-for, popular discourses on home are important to understanding the social and political dimensions of belonging in a globalising world. This article examines sites of popular culture such as film, television, cookbooks, and home decoration as indicative of struggles over the meaning of home and the value of what is produced there, especially for women. © 2012

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Housing and Home
EditorsSusan J. Smith
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780080471716
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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