Author(s): Barbara Brookes
Houses. . . homes. . .the house as a physical structure, or the home as a place of emotional intimacy? Or is it the home as an institution? At Home in New Zealand is a vigorous exploration of the idea of 'home' throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Architects discuss housing styles - the place of the Gothic in both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, modern housing in the twentieth century, women's role in relation to modernization. Historians assess the famous state housing scheme of the 1930s and 1940s, the place of domestic servants ('the stranger at the hearth'), and the controversy over Maori housing set off by Washday at the Pa. Garden design from an anthropological perspective and 'a home in this world' as a literary concept - or the 'home' as a welfare institution for the deserving poor. All these uncover new dimensions in the meaning of that central word 'home' and the issues that notion encompasses - work, pleasure, style, feeling, and even the creation of a national culture.