Home, and not some house: Young people's sensory construct of relationships in domestic spaces

Sarah Wilson, Kathrin Houmøller, Sarah Bernays

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    Drawing on recent work highlighting sensory experience of space, this paper argues that understandings of children's and young people's relationships, including difficult family circumstances, may be enriched by taking greater account of their embodied, sensory experience of the domestic spaces in which these relationships are lived. In a study of young people's family life in the context of parental substance misuse, we found that respondents often made sense of difficult family relationships, at different times and in particular spaces, through sensory experience. They also employed sensory and spatial strategies to construct safe and secure domestic places for themselves.
    TidsskriftChildren's Geographies
    Udgave nummer1
    Sider (fra-til)95-107
    Antal sider13
    StatusUdgivet - 2012