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Chapter 4: Beyond Doing the Dishes: Putting Kitchen Practices in Place

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Beyond Doing the Dishes: Putting Kitchen Practices in Place
Beyond doing the dishes: Putting kitchen practices in place

Imagine a man in his early thirties, approaching his kitchen sink, leaning backwards slightly to accommodate the sloping wall of his attic flat, which inclined over the sink. It looked, as he put it, ‘very tricky [because] … you have to stand like this and bend your knees which means you don't want to stand here for too long’. A friend had considered moving in to share the flat with him but, he told me, ‘She said she wouldn't do that because of the kitchen sink. The kitchen sink was the thing that stopped it in the end. It was the clincher but she wasn't sure anyway’. As ...

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