The Right to Home

Exploring How Space, Culture, and Identity Intersect with Disparities

  • Tasoulla Hadjiyanni

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Tasoulla Hadjiyanni
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  3. Tasoulla Hadjiyanni
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  4. Tasoulla Hadjiyanni
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 315-332

About this book


This book explores how the design characteristics of homes can support or suppress individuals’ attempts to create meaning in their lives, which in turn, impacts well-being and delineates the production of health, income, and educational disparities within homes and communities. According to the author, the physical realities of living space—such as how kitchen layouts restrict cooking, the size of social areas limits gatherings with friends, and dining tables represent aspirations—have a salient connection to the beliefs, culture, and happiness of the individuals in the space. The book’s purpose is to examine the human capacity to create meaning and to rally home mediators (scholars, educators, design practitioners, policy makes, and advocates) to work toward culturally enriched communities in which everyone can thrive. The volume includes stories from Hmong, Somali, Mexican, Ojibwe, and African American individuals living in Minnesota to show how space intersects with race, gender, citizenship, ability, religion, and ethnicity to posit that social inequalities are partially spacially constructed and are, therefore, malleable.


Home Space Identity Interior Design Architecture Immigration

Authors and affiliations

  • Tasoulla Hadjiyanni
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  1. 1.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-95945-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-59957-5
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