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Chapter 5: Making the Sensory Home: Laundry Routes and Energy Flows

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Making the Sensory Home: Laundry Routes and Energy Flows
Making the sensory home: Laundry routes and energy flows

I began my encounter with Jean in her beamed cottage living room. We had a quick chat before beginning our audio-recorded interview. In this case the interview should not be interpreted simply as a verbal exchange. Rather, settling down to the interview, drinking the coffee Jean had made me, sitting on her chair, I began to soak up the whole environment of her cosy living room, with its textures and ornaments. I sought to identify the smell and hairs of the dog that Jean told me were ever-present, wittily warning me that ‘someone [like me, the ethnographer] comes in with a black skirt on and they go out ...

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