Fresh air at home: A sensory experience and social ritual

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In a qualitative study conducted in autumn 2009, the Danish anthropologist Bettina Hauge has shown how people make use of fresh air to air out their private homes. Her analysis of the results shows that ventilation practices may be divided into three categories: functional (practical causes), aesthetic (sensory) and social (caring for and impression on others). Anthropological studies of this kind are useful in understanding why people act the way they do, and analyzing specific practices may give hidden insights into the lives of ordinary people.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDaylight & Architecture
Issue number13
Pages (from-to)26-39
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


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