Many interdisciplinary studies demonstrate home as an important space for developing the sense of self (Cooper, 1974) and bonds (Low and Altman, 1992), as a symbol of life and a way of being (Benedyktowicz, 1992), as well as a dynamic space that changes due to many key life events (Łukasiuk and Jewdokimow, 2014; Woroniecka, 2014). In this paper, we treat children’s moving out as a key event that influences the parents’ home space, through such practices like: renovating, decorating, changing the flat itself or moving to a new one. So far, the empty nest stage has been broadly analysed from the women’s perspective (Rubenstein, 2007; Wojciechowska, 2008; Gajewska et al., 2022). The reasons for emphasising on the female perspective in the empty nest research was many times explained by the cultural phenomenon of home-maker role, associating the female identity with children and home, and socialisation pressure on values, such as sharing, helping the others, sacrifice or care (Titkow, 2007; Kopciewicz, 2008; Rancew-Sikora and Skowrońska, 2022). While a woman is seen as the main home-maker, the one who takes “control” over the whole home, she is also very frequently the one who is left without a place of her own (Allen, 1996; Woolf, 2015; Madigan and Munro, 2002). As for men, domestic spaces, such as workshops, basements, garages or gardens are depicted as “male spaces” or “mancaves”, are affirming stereotypes of masculinity (Miller, 2010; Moisio and Beruchashvili, 2016). However, the moment of “a home of their own” (after children’s departure) might influence creation of individual herplaces and hisplaces mirroring the recomposition of new domestic roles.
Without Children at Home: The Transition to Herplaces and HisplacesWritten by ptsadmin
Grupa tematyczna: G72
Słowa kluczowe: empty nest, domesticity, domestic roles, herplaces, hisplaces
Prelegent: Marianna Kostecka
Referaty w grupie
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Empty nest and (un)changing role of mother. Women’s strategies for experiencing the role of mother of adult children.
Without Children at Home: The Transition to Herplaces and Hisplaces