PhD Dissertations: Roland Meyer Sawatzky, 2004

The Control of Social Space in Mennonite Housebarns of Manitoba (1874–1940)

The changes in the structuring of social space within the Mennonite housebarn are analyzed in accordance with practice theory, in which domestic architecture is viewed as a physical setting for the structuring of habitus, or set of dispositions. The ethnic architectural design on Mennonite homes was transplanted from southern Russia to Manitoba in the 1870s. Over the next 60 years, changes took place in the exterior and interior construction and renovation of theses houses that helped to inculcate new concepts of individual identity and relationships with ethnic groups outside Mennonite villages.