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OU on the BBC: Thinking Allowed – The great indoors

Updated Wednesday 19th February 2014

Laurie Taylor on the home as a vehicle for self-expression. Also, the symbolic bathroom.

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Child fingerpainting of a house in vivid colors Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Nailia Schwarz | Dreamstime.com Thinking Allowed is BBC Radio 4's weekly focus on the social sciences. On this week's episode:

The Great Indoors. Laurie Taylor talks to cultural theorist Ben Highmore about his history of the family home in the 20th century and how houses display currents of class, identity and social transformation.

Also, the evolution of the bathroom. Architectural historian Barbara Penner looks at that most intimate space in the home, and considers how it became an international symbol of key modern values, such as cleanliness, order and progress.

Listen to Thinking Allowed on BBC Radio 4

You can listen to this episode of Thinking Allowed at 4pm on Wednesday 19 February 2014 on BBC Radio 4. More information and a link to listen again will be available on the BBC website.

 

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