A REVIEW ON THE IDEAL HOME DEPICTIONS OF THE NEW MIDDLE CLASS

Abstract

Author(s): Melike AKBIYIK

Home is a physical, social, psychological and emotional space for individuals. In the consumption society, these functions of the house have been forgotten. Housing have become an object of consumption and have new functions. Now the individual's preference for housing has become to include important clues about the lifestyle of both the individual and his family, the social class to which he belongs, and his everyday practices. In particular, housing for the new middle class is also important as a differentiating and lifestyle-defining object from others because of its members ' purchasing power and tendency to value the symbolic meanings of objects. The goal of this study was asking to the members of new middle class the question of "What kind of house do you want to live in?" and providing an assessment of their answers. Individuals were asked to leave aside the idealized characteristics of the consumer society and to describe their own ideal homes. In the answers obtained from in-depth interviews with 31 participants, common and different features will be interpreted within the framework of the garden, gender and self

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