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Home-looseness in large residential neighbourhoods?: An Ethnographic Case Study
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Built Environment Analysis.
(English)In: Housing, Theory and SocietyManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

While many studies have been devoted to understanding large residential neighbourhoods, the approaches employed have mostly been disciplinary and the knowledge produced largely fragmented. Place and home are (re)introduced as concepts useful for integrated knowledge production in housing research. Aiming to contribute to this discussion, this article uses an ethnographic case study of recently built condominiums in Addis Ababa to explore how large residential estates (un)become home-places as a result or part of a process involving hegemonic production of spaces through forms and discourses and residents’ ways of home-making micro- practices through appropriating, location, shared spaces and uses, on the other. Effects of home ownership and communal spatial organization are evaluated and analysed. The findings reveal a development of a loose sense home, particularly at the neighborhood level. The article concludes by highlighting the usefulness of the notion of home for a just city, followed by suggesting some planning and design ideas that may help enhance sense of home and practice of home-making.

Keyword [en]
Home; large residential neighbourhoods; place; space; ethnography; appropriation
National Category
Architecture Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-165100OAI: diva2:807364

QS 2015

Available from: 2015-04-23 Created: 2015-04-23 Last updated: 2015-04-27Bibliographically approved

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