Making Do and Mending - Domestic Television in The Age of Austerity: Kirstie Allsopp’s Kirstie’s Homemade Home

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Abstract

Homemade Homes is presented by Kirstie Allsopp, best known as a presenter of the long running property programme Location, Location, Location, who has now repositioned herself as a champion of home crafts. Homemade Home was recognised at the time as a 'credit crunch' makeover show' and as a response to the new austerity; This paper will argue that in its championing of the 'vintage' and craft against the modernity of mass production, the programme offers a fantasy retreat from a contemporary world of the global and the urban. Richard Sennett has argued that such retrenchment into the personal and the domestic cannot offer any real critique of contemporary problems. Homemade Home can be seen as part of the discourse of 'the celebration of territorial community' that is also found in Conservative arguments for the 'Big Society'.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIY Utopia: Cultural Imagination and the Remaking of the Possible
EditorsAmber Day
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherRowman and Littlefield
ISBN (Electronic)9781498523899
ISBN (Print)9781498523882
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

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    Philips, D. (2016). Making Do and Mending - Domestic Television in The Age of Austerity: Kirstie Allsopp’s Kirstie’s Homemade Home. In A. Day (Ed.), DIY Utopia: Cultural Imagination and the Remaking of the Possible Rowman and Littlefield.