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Mundane objects in the city: Laundry practices and the making and remaking of public/private sociality and space in London and New York

Watson, Sophie (2015). Mundane objects in the city: Laundry practices and the making and remaking of public/private sociality and space in London and New York. Urban Studies, 52(5) pp. 876–890.

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Abstract

The paper considers how shifting laundry practices and technologies associated with dirty washing have over time summoned different spaces, socialities and socio-spatial assemblages in the city, enrolling different actors and multiple publics and constituting different associations, networks and relations in its wake as it travels from the home and back again. It argues that rather than being an inert object of unpleasant matter, whose encounter with humans has been largely restricted to certain categories of person for its transformation to re-use, and thus passed unnoticed, the paper explores how laundry practices have figured in producing and reproducing gendered (and classed) relations of labour, and enacting multiple socio-spatial, and gendered, relations and assemblages in the city, which have largely gone unnoticed in accounts of everyday urban life.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Urban Studies Journal Limited
ISSN: 1360-063X
Keywords: public space; public realm; everyday life in the city; laundry; London; New York
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 43938
Depositing User: Sophie Watson
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2015 10:26
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 20:44
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/43938
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