It was another skin: The kitchen as home for Australian post-war immigrant women
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This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Supski, Sian. 2006. It was another skin: The kitchen as home for Australian post-war immigrant women. Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography. 13 (2): pp. 133-141. as published in Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, Jan 13 2011. © Copyright 2006 Taylor & Francis, available online at: <a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09663690600573635">http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09663690600573635</a>
This article examines the importance of the kitchen for immigrant women who arrived in Australia in the late 1940s and 1950s. Using oral history interviews with 27 immigrant women I examine the multiple and overlapping ways in which they 'make' home. Women construct home through the kitchen by re/negotiating the kitchen space to ensure that the kitchen and their central placement within it produces a 'feeling' of being 'at home'. Women shape the architecture and design of the kitchen in terms of their own understandings of the discourses of efficiency and domesticity, and also through colour and decoration, to 'make' the kitchen home. These understandings will be explored through nuanced readings of the immigrant women's stories of their kitchen lives.
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