Swinging in Place
Porch Life in Southern Culture
By Jocelyn Hazelwood Donlon
University of North Carolina Press, Paperback, 9780807849774, 208pp.
Publication Date: November 2001
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Originally derived from a number of ethnic traditions, the porch evolved in America into something both structurally and culturally unique. In this, the first serious study of the subject, Donlon shows how porch use and porch culture cross ethnic and cultural lines and discusses the transitional quality of the porch space--how it shifts back and forth, by need and function, between a place that is sometimes interior to the house, sometimes exterior.