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The Home

Multidisciplinary Reflections

Edited by Antonio Argandoña

In the first major work to take the home as a center of analysis for global social problems, experts from a variety of fields reveal the multidimensional reality of the home and its role in societies worldwide. This unique book serves as a basis for action by proposing global legislative, political and institutional initiatives with the home in mind.
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Chapter 8: Spatial relationality and domesticity: reality and functions of the home from a human geography perspective

Alban d’Entremont


Human geography is located at the crossroads of the natural and social sciences. It does not provide its own definition of what constitutes a home, nor give the ultimate explanation of this reality. Rather, it apprehends the findings of other sciences and applies them to the home as a spatial and social reality. Although the focus it places on the home will differ in accordance with the scope of its sub-branches, and also with motives, ideologies, methods or intentions, human geography makes a contribution to the promotion of knowledge on the spaces and functions of the home by addressing the topic of perception and by providing an understanding of the spatial dimension. It also proposes considerations bearing on the nature and dignity of the human person and the conception of the home as an essential unit for the growth and development of individuals, and for the welfare of society.

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