In Dwelling (Hardcover)

Implacability, Exclusion and Acceptance (Design and the Built Environment)

By Peter King

Routledge, 9780754648703, 170pp.

Publication Date: March 26, 2008

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A 'dwelling', or the physical space we call a house, is full of meaning for us. It can be implacable, in that it can work for or against us, depending on how we are able to access and use it. This means that we have to learn to accept dwelling as it is and find some accommodation with our surrounding environment. This book develops a new approach to looking at dwelling and how we use it. It explores the manner in which we use housing to exclude others and so protect our privacy. It also argues we need to exclude others in order to protect and nurture our loved ones. The book combines philosophical analysis and literary and film criticism to put forward an innovative and insightful new approach to looking at housing. It draws on the work of thinkers as diverse as Aristotle, Derrida, Kierkegaard, Nussbaum and Scruton and the films of Chaplin, Bergman, Lynch, Tarr, Teshigahara and Van Sant to construct a new theoretical approach to housing research.

About the Author

Peter King is Reader in Social Thought in the Centre for Comparative Housing Research, Department of Public Policy, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.