Book ID: CBB091361910

At home in postwar France: Modern mass housing and the right to comfort (2015)


Rudolph, Nicole C. (Author)


Publication Date: 2015
Edition Details: Book Series: Berghahn monographs in French studies
Physical Details: xiv + 257
Language: English

After World War II, France embarked on a project of modernization, which included the development of the modern mass home. At Home in Postwar France examines key groups of actors ― state officials, architects, sociologists and tastemakers ― arguing that modernizers looked to the home as a site for social engineering and nation-building; designers and advocates of the modern home contributed to the democratization of French society; and the French home of the Trente Glorieuses, as it was built and inhabited, was a hybrid product of architects’, planners’, and residents’ understandings of modernity. This volume identifies the “right to comfort” as an invention of the postwar period and suggests that the modern mass home played a vital role in shaping new expectations for well-being and happiness.

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Authors & Contributors
Aravanitis, Rigas
Villavicencio, Daniel
Fréret-Filippi, Manolita
Bertrams, Kenneth
Vanpaemel, Geert H. W.
Biémont, Émile
Science Technology and Society
Mémoires de la Classe des sciences. Académie Royale de Belgique
Indiana Magazine of History
Human Rights Quarterly
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
University of Chicago
University of Minnesota Press
Nottingham City Homes
Berghahn Books
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
Public policy
Technology and society
Edison, Thomas Alva
Capanema, Gustavo
Moreira, Juliano
Vitruvius Pollio, Marcus
Aalto, Hugo Alvar Henrik
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
United States
Great Britain
Soviet Union
Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique

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