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Clare Melhuish reviews the changing nature of the private residence

What sort of a society is it where one day the media screams at us to dispose of our homes as fast as we can on a crashing market, and the next assures us that our homes are 'our return, our cocoon', 'the nucleus of who we are', and 'as important as our mother and father'? These sentiments, uttered by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Linda Barker and Terence Conran respectively, provided the semblance of an intellectual backbone to BBC2's The Joy of Home, and highlighted the charged confusion ...

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