Home vs. Domesticity.

What is home? What is domesticity?
What are the differences between these two terms?

Home is established in a quite fixed manner with clear functions assigned to each space and with specific roles according to each room. The idea of the home as something static is changing with new lifestyles, where some have the privilege to choose a life in motion and others are forced into it by precarious work and home conditions.

Domesticity perpetuates the relationship between the physical and the imaginary realms of home. Domestic practices create (through the material comforts) and maintain (through rules and practices e.g., housekeeping) the idealized notion of home. It draws upon the performative aspect of people and delineates how they visualize, negotiate and realize ambitions for comfort, security, privacy and independence provided through the agency of architecture. (Chee & Park, 2013)

To compare between the two, home acts as a foundation for relationships, domesticity goes beyond of what it is. It initiates the act and giving people more than what the structure could provide.

What does domesticity mean to me?

To me, domesticity means the process of home-making. It requires joint efforts from the people and their environment to make sure that it is balanced out.



The image represents the state of oneself when one is heading back home. The upright image represents the furniture found at home, whereas the downside image represents the public areas - buildings. The balloons on the women’ heads represent their personal space when they interact in public. As they are heading back home, which a place where they are comfortable in, they are able to let everything go. Then, they would allow their bubble to pop, as they are familiar with their surroundings.