The Great Indoors

The Great Indoors. Laurie Taylor talks to cultural theorist Ben Highmore about his history of the family home in the 20th century and how houses display currents of class, identity and social transformation.

Also, the evolution of the bathroom. Architectural historian Barbara Penner looks at that most intimate space in the home, and considers how it became an international symbol of key modern values, such as cleanliness, order and progress.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod.

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Ben Highmore

Professor of Cultural Studies (Media and Film, Centre for Material Digital Culture), Sussex University


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The great indoors: at home in the modern British house
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN-10: 1846681839
ISBN-13: 978-1846681837

Barbara Penner

Senior Lecturer in Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London


Find out more about Dr Barbara Penner


Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN-10: 1780231938
ISBN-13: 978-1780231938

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