Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1986. First edition. Original Wraps. Small quarto, pp. 281, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings and photographs. OHJ stamp in ink on the front endpaper. Very Good. Item #20326
This book explores the relationship between the image of the ideal house and family and the reality of middle-class family life. The author explains why, despite its fear of standardization and homogenization, the middle class has persisted in viewing the single-family house as the main symbol of independence and as the distinguishing sign of having achieved middle-class status. From the Old House Journal Reference Library.