The Living Housewas the first book of its kind to present a detailed
picture of the house within the social and symbolic worlds of Southeast
Asian peoples. A pioneering title that has become a classic, this
exemplary text draws on many sources of information, from architects and
anthropologists, to the author's own firsthand research. As it probes
into the centrally significant role of houses within Southeast Asian
social systems,The Living Housereveals new insights into kinship
systems, gender symbolism and cosmological ideas, ultimately uncovering
basic themes concerning the idea of life and life processes themselves.
A vivid picture emerges of how people shape buildings and buildings
shape people, as rules about layout and uses of space have an impact on
social relationships. Although intended first and foremost as a work of
anthropology,The Living Housewill also appeal to architects, scholars
and the interested general reader.