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Designed by women and designing women: gender, planning and the geographies of the kitchen in Britain 1917-1946

Designed by women and designing women: gender, planning and the geographies of the kitchen in... During the early decades of the twentieth century in Britain, architects focused ondomestic architecture to a degree previously unseen. This paper considers thegeographies of the shifting ideological relationships between the architecturalspace of the home and women, both those who designed and those who used it. Theanalysis centres around the spaces of the kitchen, and the work of two keyindividuals: the housing consultant Elizabeth Denby, and the Modern architect JaneDrew, and her publication of 1944, Kitchen planning. The paper argues thatdiscourses surrounding the geographies of the kitchen can be seen as representativeof wider societal shifts in the position of both middle- and working-class women atthis time. The paper ends by considering what these discourses tell us about thechanging nature of gendered spaces at this time. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Cultural Geographies SAGE

Designed by women and designing women: gender, planning and the geographies of the kitchen in Britain 1917-1946

Cultural Geographies , Volume 11 (1): 19 – Jan 1, 2004

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1474-4740
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1477-0881
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10.1191/1474474003eu292oa
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Abstract

During the early decades of the twentieth century in Britain, architects focused ondomestic architecture to a degree previously unseen. This paper considers thegeographies of the shifting ideological relationships between the architecturalspace of the home and women, both those who designed and those who used it. Theanalysis centres around the spaces of the kitchen, and the work of two keyindividuals: the housing consultant Elizabeth Denby, and the Modern architect JaneDrew, and her publication of 1944, Kitchen planning. The paper argues thatdiscourses surrounding the geographies of the kitchen can be seen as representativeof wider societal shifts in the position of both middle- and working-class women atthis time. The paper ends by considering what these discourses tell us about thechanging nature of gendered spaces at this time.

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Cultural GeographiesSAGE

Published: Jan 1, 2004

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