Balconies, verandas and courtyards are part of our homes, shared with household or condominium members, but extending into public space for the visibility they allow compared to indoor. They constitute the porous (Benjamin, Lācis, 1978) borders of the home, and configure as liminal spaces in the «geography» of private, parochial and public realms of social life (Lofland, 1989). This geography has been reconfigured by/during the lockdown following the Covid-19 outbreak. With social life restricted to the home (although many people were actually alone at home) and its liminal spaces, balconies and courtyards were used more as the only functional outdoor space, and were also more visible, as many more eyes were at home, possibly watching. They became home for the public realm, where several interactional practices were enacted to grant and acquire privacy (e.g. civil inattention, «undervoicing», doing oblivious), and also to mitigate the loneliness engendered by home confinement (e.g. «stakeouts» for acquaintances, phone/video calls, interaction with pets). The paper considers such a reconfiguration based an ethnographic study conducted from the balcony of an apartment in Parma, Italy.

Across balconies. Interaction in porous home territories in the Italian lockdown / Bassetti, C.. - In: ETNOGRAFIA E RICERCA QUALITATIVA. - ISSN 1973-3194. - 2/2020:(2020).

Across balconies. Interaction in porous home territories in the Italian lockdown

Bassetti, C.
2020-01-01

Abstract

Balconies, verandas and courtyards are part of our homes, shared with household or condominium members, but extending into public space for the visibility they allow compared to indoor. They constitute the porous (Benjamin, Lācis, 1978) borders of the home, and configure as liminal spaces in the «geography» of private, parochial and public realms of social life (Lofland, 1989). This geography has been reconfigured by/during the lockdown following the Covid-19 outbreak. With social life restricted to the home (although many people were actually alone at home) and its liminal spaces, balconies and courtyards were used more as the only functional outdoor space, and were also more visible, as many more eyes were at home, possibly watching. They became home for the public realm, where several interactional practices were enacted to grant and acquire privacy (e.g. civil inattention, «undervoicing», doing oblivious), and also to mitigate the loneliness engendered by home confinement (e.g. «stakeouts» for acquaintances, phone/video calls, interaction with pets). The paper considers such a reconfiguration based an ethnographic study conducted from the balcony of an apartment in Parma, Italy.
2020
Bassetti, C.
Across balconies. Interaction in porous home territories in the Italian lockdown / Bassetti, C.. - In: ETNOGRAFIA E RICERCA QUALITATIVA. - ISSN 1973-3194. - 2/2020:(2020).
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