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The article discusses the possibility of a symmetrical approach in the anthropological study of the materiality of home. After an overview of the development in material culture studies and anthropological research of home, the author discusses two examples of anthropological writing about home: a description of home from Margaret Mead´s autobiography and Inge Daniels´ contemporary anthropological study from Japan. The analysed examples show, that the symmetrical approach in anthropology may be one of the possible ways we are able to deepen our understanding of human and nonhuman actors, how we could bridge the dichotomies between nature and culture, or as in this case between people and places and things, and thus understand more fully to multi-layered life-world(s).
agency; agent; home; material culture; materiality; symmetrical approach