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"Smoke must be kept inside the house"

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This chapter focuses on the specificities elicited from the routine conducts of an adult in his house. Once he has familiarised himself with its particularities, the subject identifies with his house as a container. The house stands as a world of its own, a home, both intimate and secure, which contains 'within' it the whole of one's everyday life; it is at the same time the common room, the bedroom, the kitchen, the attic, the hen-house and the room where things are stored away. Among the older generations, most of them are nostalgic for the architecture of the past, with its dark recesses and complex mixtures of scents; the scent of wood-fire prevailing, yet tinged with the smells of palm oil, spices, meat and fish left to dry and smoke on a shelf hanging over the hearth.

Keywords: adult; container; house; routine conducts



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