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A house is not simply a material object signifying nothing beyond the shelter and refuge which it provides.While it is a site of habitation —a place in which we live—it is also a ‘spatial imaginary’,or what Alison Blunt and Robyn Dowling describe as ‘a set of intersecting and variable ideas and feelings, which are related to context, and which construct places, extend across spaces and scales, and connect places’.1 The house may physically demarcate a boundary between the private and the public, there by connoting an insulated, intensely personal‘ repository of memories and dreams’,2 yet the ways in which we inhabit it can reflect and enact the ideologies of both the community and the State.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)iii-xi
Number of pages9
JournalReview of Irish Studies in Europe
Issue number1
Early online date23 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2019


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