Women and handbags: negotiating identity, privacy and ‘home’ through material culture. Handbags occupy a special place in the lives of many women. Freighted with social and personal meaning, they are about much more than the practicalities of life. They are items of fashion, markers of public identity and status. But they are also intensely private. They are spaces that others may not enter without permission, and their privacy and integrity mimics the insulated culture of familial habits. Reflecting on these intimate spaces may unearth a pattern found among my immediate family.
St. Michael's Secondary School, Dublin 11.
C.R.C. School, Dublin 3.
O'Connells Secondary School, Dublin 9.