After yesterday’s post about homemaking, I think it’s rather odd that I came across this quote in my current editing project (which has nothing to do with homemaking but rather is an analysis of water rights and identity in Australia!):
The house and the body are intimately linked. The house is an extension of the person; like an extra skin, carapace or second layer of clothes, it serves as much to reveal and display as it does to hide and protect . . . Moving in ordered space, the body ‘reads’ the house which serves as a mnemonic for the embodied person. If the house is an extension of the person, it is also an extension of the self.
-Carsten, J. and S. Hugh-Jones, eds. About the House: Levi-Strauss and Beyond. Cambridge University Press, 1995, p. 2.
Isn’t that odd? I never expected to find something like that in this manuscript. In the author’s context this quote helps illustrate how people are their environments are “mutually constitutive”, and that people relate to the world as an extension of themselves — in this case in how they value and utilize water resources.
The quote also reminds me more directly of Eve’s recent post about our homes and how they reflect our inner selves. So go read that, too.