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From Conflicts to the Attachment to Houses

  • Manon Istasse
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology book series (PSUA)

Abstract

The first section of this chapter is a description of conflicts related to houses. Without going as far as a sociology of conventions, conflicts are used as a methodological tool to access justifications that informants use to support their argument and justify their actions. The second section is dedicated to the qualification of houses in Fez—that is, the recognition, allocation and evaluation of general qualities to houses. Inhabitants attached several qualities to their house, the heritage quality being one of them. This quality allocation, however, challenges the notion of heritage border presupposed by the heritagisation of things. It comes out that heritage is not a supra quality that crowns the experience of a house, but it is part of the bundle of qualities that houses display. There is then a continuum between houses and heritage, which share qualities. The conclusion of this part gives the opportunity to argue that the notion of attachment allows for a better investigation of the relation between human and non-human actors, for it puts due emphasis on the experience of the situation and it emphasises what human actors care about.

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  • Manon Istasse
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  1. 1.Laboratoire d’Anthropologie des Mondes ContemporainsUniversité Libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium

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