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Archi-texture: meditations on the mediations of dwelling

Blake, Wendy Seana (2004) Archi-texture: meditations on the mediations of dwelling. PhD thesis, Murdoch University.

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This thesis is an inter-disciplinary and inter- cultural exploration of home as understood as the place in which we usually live. Empirical research in an Australian suburb and an Indian town provide the fabric from which cultural studies engages with phenomenology to produce a design used to cut and style this exploration. Motivated by an interest in what threads contribute to the weave of contemporary household dwelling, this thesis revisits the two questions used by Heidegger to frame his essay 'Building Dwelling Thinking': What is it to dwell? and How does building belong to dwelling? It is an inquiry committed to its respondents as bearers and representatives of 'structures of feeling' circulating within the socio-cultural milieu or habitus in which they live and engage with the idea of 'home'. This inquiry offers an exploration of the chief constituent mediums of home which I call its 'archi-texture'. As such, it looks at location, physical and material attributes, domestic technology and household membership as framed by the presence or absence of a family. This thesis is almost certainly the only example of an empirically grounded examination of Heidegger?s ontological exposition of dwelling. Hence I position it as a meditation on the mediations of dwelling rather than a judgmental critique, although in no sense do I believe it to be either a dispassionate position nor an impartial digest of the research material.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Supervisor(s): Ruthrof, Horst
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