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Little White Houses A Rare Exploration Of The Racial And Class Politics Of Architecture, Little White Houses Examines How Postwar Media Representations Associated The Ordinary Single Family House With Middle Class Whites To The Exclusion Of Others, Creating A Powerful And Invidious Cultural Iconography That Continues To Resonate Today Drawing From Popular And Trade Magazines, Floor Plans And Architectural Drawings, Television Programs, Advertisements, And Beyond, Dianne Harris Shows How The Depiction Of Houses And Their Interiors, Furnishings, And Landscapes Shaped And Reinforced The Ways In Which Americans Perceived White, Middle Class Identities And Helped Support A Housing Market Already Defined By Racial Segregation And Deep Economic Inequalities.After Describing The Ordinary Postwar House And Its Orderly, Prescribed Layout, Harris Analyzes How Cultural Iconography Associated These Houses With Middle Class Whites And An Ideal Of White Domesticity She Traces How Homeowners Were Urged To Buy Specific Kinds Of Furniture And Other Domestic Objects And How The Appropriate Storage And Display Of These Possessions Was Linked To Race And Class By Designers, Tastemakers, And Publishers Harris Also Investigates Lawns, Fences, Indoor Outdoor Spaces, And Other Aspects Of The Postwar Home And Analyzes Their Contribution To The Assumption That The Rightful Owners Of Ordinary Houses Were White.Richly Detailed, Little White Houses Adds A New Dimension To Our Understanding Of Race In America And The Inequalities That Persist In The U.S Housing Market.


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10 thoughts on “Little White Houses

  1. says:

    A thorough analysis of how ordinary suburban houses contributed to the construction of whiteness in the post WW2 United States Harris focuses on individual elements of the house and lot in each of the eight chapters, such as built in storage or the yard, to examine how these elements were related to ideas like consumption and privacy, and how these in turn were related to white identities I appreciated the effort to call up something so ubiquitous for scholarly investigation, a challenge considering how normalized whiteness is in North American settler colonial society The author s reminiscences about her Jewish grandparents suburban home and the contingency of their white identity added interest and nuance to the discussion At times, I felt like the focus on race and whiteness gave way, but that also reflects my own lack of ability to keep seeing whiteness as a distinct phenomenon This book makes a great contribution to social histories of architecture and ...


  2. says:

    The main goal of this book is to study the white middle class domestic life between 1945 and 1960, focusing on different representations of typical houses, to learn about their culture and formation of their identities It was very interesting to learn about the different layouts of spaces with different functions, and find out how people prioritized the spaces and also how they organized their spaces based on their different social and cultural backgrounds She clearly discussed the increasing influence of popular ideas in house forms and style by magazines , and also with variety of details that increased the standardization of their lifestyle For example, paying attention to the important role of privacy in designing the interior spaces and specification of several spaces based on their functions Also she considered the Do it yourself that had great impact on their lifestyle, and the impact of the Trading Stamp Program on people s daily life, which was very interesting for me.In the introduction, the author mentioned a...


  3. says:

    A really well researched, well written book that discusses the nature of Post WWII housing policies and their influence on race in America.


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