An unknown radical: Dennis Chapman and the home and social status

Keeble, Trevor (2009) An unknown radical: Dennis Chapman and the home and social status. Design and culture, 1(3), pp. 329-344. ISSN (print) 1754-7075

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This article reconsiders the largely unknown work of British sociologist Dennis Chapman. Focusing on Chapman's 1955 study The Home and Social Status, the article proposes that Chapman's research into the design and consumption of mid twentieth century British domesticity and housing anticipates many of the later interdisciplinary questions and concerns of design history and material culture studies. Through analysis of his questions and concerns, the article demonstrates the ways Chapman characterized design as an activity of both professional designers and householders alike, and in so doing, the ways in which his work argues for a more sophisticated and inclusive understanding of design. Situating Chapman at the forefront of interdisciplinary method and thinking, the article argues that his work successfully negotiates the boundaries of design production and design consumption in such a way that subsequent disciplines have not.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Art and design
History of art, architecture and design
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (until 2017) > Centre for Contemporary Visual and Material Culture
Depositing User: Patricia Lara-Betancourt
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2009 12:39
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2013 10:45

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