Anti-work architecture: domestic labour, speculative design, and automated plenty

Hester, Helen ORCID: (2022) Anti-work architecture: domestic labour, speculative design, and automated plenty. Open Philosophy. (In Press)

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This article presents a partial history of visions of technodomesticity in the global north, concentrating on dwellings which seek to problematize, challenge, or reorganize unpaid household labour. It is structured around three case studies, primarily drawn from the United States in the 1950s and 60s: the single-family suburban dream house, the bachelor pad, and the fully-automated future home. While these chosen examples may lend us certain resources for thinking about how best to mitigate the challenges of reproductive labour via living arrangements, they also possess a number of clear drawbacks or limitations. The article will argue that contesting these imaginaries (as much as learning from them) is likely to prove necessary in unpicking the connections between an inequitable distribution of unpaid intrafamilial domestic labour and the house itself as both a concrete site and an ideological formation – necessary, that is to say, in terms of building a meaningfully feminist conception of anti-work architecture.

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Subjects: Social sciences > Politics
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Depositing User: Helen Hester
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2022 22:15
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 16:12


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