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 InequalitiesAfter 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 WhiteRichly Detailed, Little White Houses Adds A New Dimension To Our Understanding Of Race In America And The Inequalities That Persist In The US Housing Market 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 about the impact of the different people of color, working classes, and immigrant situations with different cultural background and social values on their living environment, but she mostly considered design representation of white and middle class also upper class subjectivities Moreover, I think she didn t consider other styles of houses, which designed in the years between 1945 and 1960 To me, it was very interesting when Harris talked about her experiences and memories of her grandparents house They were Jewish immigrant who came from Germany in 1933 and becoming established in the United States In my opinion, she did a good job to explain the influence of their different cultural background on the design of the interior spaces and also furnishing their house and yard It was very interesting to find out how they developed their own individual and meaningful domestic life In my opinion, the book is well organized and includes many representative illustrations and pictures that were discussed in the text that make it attractive to learn and understand about the history of postwar housing in the United States. A really well researched, well written book that discusses the nature of Post WWII housing policies and their influence on race in America.
Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Little White Houses book, this is one of the most wanted Dianne Harris author readers around the world.
- 392 pages
- Little White Houses
- Dianne Harris
- 21 April 2019 Dianne Harris