Gender, modern design, and home consumption

Leslie, Deborah and Reimer, Suzanne (2003) Gender, modern design, and home consumption. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 21, (3), 293-316. (doi:10.1068/d337).


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Beset by a range of internal inconsistencies and contradictions, modernism never has been able to expunge completely that which has been constructed as its `Other'. Often coded as feminine, notions of ornamentation, decoration, craft, and ephemerality have long been defined in opposition to
the modernist project. In this paper we chart a return to the aesthetics of modernism in the retailing, marketing, and consumption of household furniture during the 1990s as a means of extending existing assessments of modernist discourses. Given past associations between modernism and masculinity, we critically evaluate contemporary shifts in home consumption in the context of the gendering of the modern.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1068/d337
ISSNs: 0263-7758 (print)
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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Economy, Culture, Space
ePrint ID: 38401
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
August 2003Published
30 August 2001Submitted
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:07

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