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WORKING PAPERS
Homework on Housework - Impact for the Present and the Future  
Homework on Housework - Impact for the Present and the Future By Anne Davies  
The term 'homework' in the title is used on purpose to stress the focus of the content of this paper. Firstly that housework is not only about the practical issues of running a building, but is also homemaking, building something much further that what is contained within four walls. Secondly, and this is essentially what this paper is trying to demonstrate, greater and deeper research is needed to stimulate study into the effects and impact of the work within the home on individuals, the family and society as a whole.
 
 
 
"Tell me what you learn and I'll tell you how you'll eat"  
"Tell me what you learn and I'll tell you how you'll eat" The different ways of food and cooking "learning" and its influence on decisions of consumption. By Dr. Jesus Contreras  
For a few decades already, the extension of the work-related life outside the house for women has shaped a new situation within the home, but without giving rise to a new distribution of roles at home. Except for some exceptions, it is stated that the majority of cooking activities are carried out by the adult woman of the household group.
 
 
 
Responsive homes of old Cairo: Learning from the past, feeding in the future  
Responsive homes of old Cairo: Learning from the past, feeding in the future By Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem, Queens University Belfast  
In the contemporary discourse and extensive research on sustainable living and housing, little is made to investigate the phenomena of the home and the way it works. Despite the centrality of the home to aspects of sustainable living, massive research is being made to enhance the physical environment of houses to attend to the requirements of sustainability. This is, apparently, due to the fact that contemporary societies are overwhelmingly dominated by political institutions that organize behavioural moods and responses, which hinder any intelligible understanding of complex phenomena such as the home.
 
 
 
Analysing Trends in the Design of Cities  
Analysing Trends in the Design of Cities:Family Housing in the UK By Professor Michael Hebbert  
As a planner and an urbanist I see the world through a zoom lens. I am always 'zooming out' to the big view where we are looking at cities as a whole and then 'zooming in' to see the fine detail. That is a very important mental trick when you have a topic like house and home, because, of course, our house is our home. It is the dwelling, with its routines, its furnishings and its meals. However, the home is much more than that. If we zoom outwards from the home, from the house, we first have what we call the curtilage of the house, or the immediate surroundings: the garden, the balcony, the outhouses, the sheds, the pathways, the immediate approach to the house, etc. If we zoom out further, we see the setting of the house: the street, the public realm, the local places, the next door neighbours, the next door neighbours of the next door neighbours etc. You see a house's address. When asked what their address is, people do not say 'my house', they give a street name. That is how we define ourselves in terms of where we live. Beyond that we live in neighbourhoods. We live in localities that have clusters of shops, a church, clubs, swimming pools and so on. Zooming out farther again, we have the town itself, the identity of the town itself: its football team, its distinctive voices, how the people speak, how they cook, the wine, the beer, the specialities, and the landscape of the town. We are at home on all of these levels and when we travel, we have a sense of coming home long before we turn the key at the front door.
 
 
 
Hungry Souls  
Hungry Souls: From Homer's Cyclops to Fear Factor, Hannibal the Cannibal and Babette's Feast By Thomas Hibbs  
An abstemious character in the acclaimed film, Babette's Feast (1987), explains to the members of his religious community that they should engage in feasting just as the participants in the wedding feast at Cana, where "food was unimportant." The line is unintentionally comic; the humor reposes upon the double mistaking of scripture: nowhere does it say food is unimportant and it indicates clearly that wine is quite important. Christ is accused of being a glutton and a drunkard (Mark 2:15-17) and heaven is compared to a banquet (Luke 14:23 and Matthew 22:1-10). Babette's Feast is perhaps the greatest artistic statement of the way the communal enjoyment of food and wine provide more than necessary nourishment for the body. Babette's Feast argues for a sacramental union of matter and spirit, human and divine. The feast is a "love affair" that combines "spiritual and bodily appetites." It unites and elevates the entire community in a spirit of gratitude toward those who have made sacrifices and offered gifts on their behalf, especially toward the "giver of every good and perfect gift." It is an anticipation of the heavenly banquet.
 
 
 
Perception of Mothers towards their children pursuing careers related to the home and/or hospitality 
Perception of Mothers towards their children pursuing careers related to the home and/or hospitality By Selena Hooper and Anne Zahra, Waikato University  
This is an exploratory pilot study narrating the perception of mothers towards the career choices of their children, focusing on hospitality generally and more specifically their perception of a possible career of the home. Research or the lack of it, seems to indicate that the work of the home is not perceived as a profession therefore hospitality has been used as a bridge in this exploratory study to examine perceptions of a profession related to the home.
 
 
 
Building & Sustaining Home Management Competency  
Building & Sustaining Home Management Competency By Mary Hunt, Lexington College and HomeAdvantage Plus  
The domains of work and home are often dichotomized to the point of full separation in the minds and practical efforts of many workers today. As women have taken their place in equal numbers in the workforces of most industrialized economies they have developed competencies and strengths that result in their respective areas of paid employment. After years of success in education and increased parity in the workplace they seem to exhibit greater professional confidence than previous generations.
 
 
 
Home Alone: Ageing, Technology and Social Isolation  
Home Alone: Ageing, Technology and Social Isolation By David Prendergast  
Protection of the environment is seen by many as one of the main challenges we face this century. I would like to examine the other great challenge of the 21st century, the changing demographic. I say challenge, but I think it is also a great opportunity too. It is a complex topic and although I will discuss technology and ageing, what I would like to focus on is a fairly neglected element in gerontology, certainly within the area of home care and healthcare technologies for the home. A lot of things have developed, including the way we think about health and about acute or chronic care, but one thing I have noticed is that there has been a steady degradation of companionship care. This is something my research team and I have been working on a lot to see how we can start addressing these problems of social isolation and how we can start thinking about social care technologies.
 
 
 
Perception of People's Needs  
Perception of People's Needs By Peter Tudehope  
Our value system is developed as we grow up. In the first few years of our life our parents are the sole influence. As we grow other outside influences like friends, school, religion, the media, sports and clubs start to shape the way we think, and the values we believe in. This has a direct impact on how we operate in the hospitality work environment, how we deal with guests, staff, suppliers, and owners, from different cultures, socio economic backgrounds and demographics. Often our belief system already has certain perceptions in place and therefore we tend to provide service based on these perceptions. In hospitality we are mainly selling an intangible product called service. People's perception of the service they receive is their reality regardless of whether they have perceived it correctly or not. The perception of the service provider is likewise of capital importance. Jan Carlzon's much-quoted phrase is key: "In the 1990s we saw a customer in every individual. In 2000 we see an individual in every customer."
 
 
 
The Regeneration of Bilbao  
The Regeneration of Bilbao: A paradigm for cities in the 21st Century By Juan Ignacio Vidarte  
In reading the mission and the vision of the Home Renaissance Foundation, and comparing it to our own vision and mission, I found two major points of contact which I will try to expand upon here. The first is the orientation towards the well-being of individuals and community, which is present in both of our institutions' missions. The second is the stress on the content beyond the physical structures, whether it is the home in relation to the house or, as in our case, the museum in relation to the building. In any case, the stress is on the soft versus the hard, and this I think is present in both of our missions. Let me talk about how we confront these two aspects at the museum.
 
 
 
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