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    Home improvement in Aotearoa New Zealand and the UK

    Cox, Rosie (2021) Home improvement in Aotearoa New Zealand and the UK. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. ISBN 9780367774837.

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    Book synopsis: This book examines experiences of home improvement in the UK and Aotearoa New Zealand, providing valuable insight into the ways in which people make and maintain home in social, material and economic context. Drawing on in-depth interviews, examining both DIY projects and projects carried out by professional handymen, Rosie Cox explores how home improvement fits into wider social relationships and structures of inequality. Consideration is given to the importance of such work for gender and national identities, and how these identities are related to material contexts and the forms and fabric of homes. The book also highlights how home improvement can be a rewarding and valuable form of work, as well as an unrewarding and alienating endeavour. It will be of interest to scholars from a range of disciplines including anthropology, sociology and human geography.


    Item Type: Book
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Rosie Cox
    Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2022 17:52
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:07


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