REGILIOSITY AND SPACE: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF LIVING ROOM DECORATION PATTERNS OF RELIGIOUS FAMILIES ACROSS TWO GENERATIONS

Abstract

Author(s): Esra CALIS*

This article explores living room decorations among religious families across generations. The primary objective of this study is to investigate whether there are differences in the living room decorations across generations in terms of distinctions such as traditional versus modern, old versus new, inflexible versus open to change. These differences are discussed with respect to concepts such as religiosity, cultural memory as well as fashion, modernity and gender. In this direction, a theoretical framework has been created by using symbolic and interpretive anthropology and sociological perspectives on spatial production.In the study, in which participatory observation / in-depth interview technique was used, the focus was on the "salon",the living room, which is the exhibition area and mostly used by family members. One of the most notable findings of this study is that ,the younger generation seems to have more flexible patterns than the older generation . It has been observed that the relationship of the older generation with the furniture is a spiritual bond based on memories, and the younger generation attaches importance to the functional use of objects.Despite the influence of fashion and modernity, it has been observed that both generations watch over religious sensitivitie and the manifestation of religiosity with cultural symbols is most evident in the practice of hanging paintings.

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