General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Sociology of Home and Dwelling
Language English
Module lecturer dr Marta Skowrońska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position adiunkt
Faculty Faculty of Sociology
Semester 2023/2024 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 24-PIE-SHD


Module aim (aims)

This Module introduces students to the field of sociological research of home and dwelling. It gives an overview of dwelling as a universal phenomenon, which can take different forms due to historical, economic, cultural, and social factors. The course further links up sociology of home to other areas of sociological interest – practices, materiality, privacy, social class, lifestyle, and the media. As part of the module, we also discuss methodological aspects of home research.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Appropriate English language skills and an interest in the subject. 

Exam: students draw 2 questions from the list and choose 1 book chapter or an academic article from the list of readings. The list of exam questions is delivered by the teacher (every week the teacher provides exam questions referring to the lecture). 












Reading list

ALTMAN Irwin (1977), Privacy Regulation: Culturally Universal or Culturally Specific?, „Journal of Environmental Psychology”, vol. 23.

AMATURO Enrica (1987), Furnishing and Status Attributes: A Sociological Study of the Living Room, "Environment and Behaviour", vol. 19/2.

ATTFIELD Judy (2006), Bringing Modernity Home: Open Plan in the British Domestic Interior, in Irene Cieraad [ed.] At Home. An Anthropology of Domestic Space, New York: Syracuse University Press.

CIERAAD Irene (2006), Introduction: Anthropology at Home, in Irene Cieraad [ed.], At Home. An Anthropology of Domestic Space, New York: Syracuse University Press.

COOPER MARCUS Clare (1978), House as a Mirror of Self: Exploring the Deeper Meaning of Home, Berkeley CA: Conari Press.

CROWLEY John (1999), The Sensibility of Comfort, „The American Historical Review”, 104.

CSIKSZENTMIHALYI Mihalyi, ROCHBERG-HALTON Eugene (1981), The Meaning of Things: Domestic Symbols and the Self, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

IRVING Altman, WERNER Carol M. [ed.] (2005) Home Environments (Human Behavior and Environment), New York: Plenum Press.

DOUGLAS Mary, 1991, The Idea of a Home: A Kind of Space, „Social Research”, vo.58, no.1.

HANSON Julienne (2003), Decoding Homes and Houses, Cambridge: CUP.

HANSON Julienne, HILLIER Bill (1982), Domestic space organization. Two contemporary space-codes compared, „Architecture and Behaviour”, no. 2.

HEATH Sue, CLEAVER Elizabeth (2004), Mapping the Spatial in Shared Household Life: a Missed Opportunity?, in Caroline Knowles, Paul Sweetman [ed.], Picturing the Social Landscape: Visual Methods in the Sociological Imagination, London: Routledge.

HEPWORTH Mike (2007), Privacy, Security and Respectability: the Ideal Victorian Home, in Barbara Miller Lane [ed.] Housing and Dwelling: Perspectives on Modern Domestic Architecture, London: Routledge.

HEYNEN Hilde (2005), Modernity and Domesticity: Tensions and Contradictions, in: Hilde Heynen, Gulsum Baydar [ed.], Negotiating Domesticity. Spatial Productions of Gender in Modern Architecture, London: Routledge.

HOLLOWS Joanne (2008), Domestic Cultures, London: Open University Press.

KOROSEC-SERFATY Perla (1985), Experience and Use of the Dwelling, in Irwing Altman, Carol M. Werner [ed.] Home Environments (Human Behavior and Environment), New York: Plenum Press.

LINCOLN Siam (2013), “I’ve Stamped My Personality All Over It”: The Meaning of Objects in Teenage Bedroom Space, Space and Culture, vol. 17 (3).

MADIGAN Ruth, MUNRO Moira (1996), „House Beautiful”. Style and Consumption in the Home, „Sociology”, no. 30.

MALDONADO Tómas (1996), The Idea of Comfort, w: Victor Margolin, Richard Buchanan [red.], The Idea of Design, Cambridge: MIT Press.

MILLER Daniel (2001), [ed.], Home Possessions: Material culture behind closed doors, Oxford: Berg.

MOORE Jeanne (2000), Placing Home in Context, „Journal of Environmental Psychology”, vol. 20.

PINK Sarah (2004), Home Truths: Gender, Domestic Objects and Everyday Life, Oxford: Berg.

PUTNAM Tim (2006), „Postmodern” Home Life, in Irene Cieraad [ed.], At Home. An Anthropology of Domestic Space, New York: Syracuse University Press.

REIMER Suzanne & LESLIE Deborah  (2004) Identity, Consumption, and the Home, "Home Cultures", 1:2

SHOVE Elizabeth (2007), The Design of Everyday Life, Oxford: Berg.

SHOVE Elizabeth, SOUTHERTON Dale (2000), Defrosting the Freezer: From Novelty to Convenience. A Narrative of Normalization, „Journal of Material Culture”, no. 5. 

URETA Sebastian (2007), Domesticating Homes: Material Transformation and Decoration among Low-income Families in Santiago, Chile, „Home Cultures”, no 3-4.