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The embodied use of the material home: an affordance approach

Clapham, D. (2011) The embodied use of the material home: an affordance approach. Housing, Theory and Society, 28 (4). pp. 360-376. ISSN 1403-6096

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/14036096.2011.564444


This paper examines the relationship between embodied individuals and the home that they inhabit. Although there has been some work on both the embodied practices in the home and on the material nature of the home itself, this has not been integrated with the majority of research on home which has focused on meaning. It is argued that there is a lack of a unifying framework that can incorporate both use and meaning elements of home. A way of incorporating these elements through adoption of the concept of affordances is put forward. However, the affordance approach needs to be developed to achieve this. The paper does this first by incorporating the concept of intentionality of actions and then through the use of the concept of well‐being. Debates about housing for people with a physical disability and the practical help provided to this group of people are used to illustrate how the approach could work.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
ID Code:29520
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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