Forms, Structures, and Social Meanings of Urban Dwellings: Contributions to the Ethnography of Bucharest

Suditu, Bogdan; Gheorghilaş, Aurel; Nae, Mariana; Mareci, Alina (Articol)

“The notion of house or home has multiple meanings; it is a socio-spatial entity, a psycho-social one and it exists within a social space. It configures and defines a space for specific activities. House is a geographic term which should be associated with private space. The following article aims to extend the contribution to the literature about geography of housing. Identifying the forms, structures and meanings of houses, which configure and unveil both the Bucharest places and spaces, implies an interpretative approach, which reveals the habitus and the metaphors: the manorial house, Curtea Domnească, as a power and authority representation, the boyar house, as an affirmation of social class and life style, the poor house in the mahala as a symbol of mundane and periphery. Like a traveller, we draw a map of houses and home meanings, because the map is a narrative, and depending on itinerary, it is an Odyssey (Calvino, 1986). Based on historical readings and interpretative approach of Bucharest’s urban landscape, we intend to emphasize the social meanings and built-up-features of the medieval and modern Bucharest housing.”

Cuvinte cheie: Bucharest, cultural landscape, home, meanings, Urban Ethnography, and urban housing

Revista de etnografie și folclor / Journal of Ethnography and Folklore

2014, nr. 1-2