Article

'Home, and not some house': young people's sensory construction of family relationships in domestic spaces

Citation

Wilson S, Houmoller K & Bernays S (2012) 'Home, and not some house': young people's sensory construction of family relationships in domestic spaces. Children's Geographies, 10 (1), pp. 95-107. https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2011.638172

Abstract
Drawing on recent work highlighting sensory experience of space, this paper argues that understandings of children's and young people's relationships, including difficult family circumstances, may be enriched by taking greater account of their embodied, sensory experience of the domestic spaces in which these relationships are lived. In a study of young people's family life in the context of parental substance misuse, we found that respondents often made sense of difficult family relationships, at different times and in particular spaces, through sensory experience. They also employed sensory and spatial strategies to construct safe and secure domestic places for themselves.

Keywords
childhoods; sensory experience; space; home; parental substance misuse

Journal
Children's Geographies: Volume 10, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Publication date28/02/2012
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/11274
PublisherTaylor and Francis
ISSN1473-3285