The book describes in line with Norbert Elias' civilizing process how architecture was perceived as well as dwelling practices over an extended period of societal development. The genealogy of the civilizing process in dwelling practices in Germany begins with the Palace of Versailles and runs chronologically to present day residential construction in Germany.
In addition the volume provides a bibliography of architecture and gender.
Katharina Weresch is an architect and social scientist. She teaches the sociology of architecture at HafenCity University of the Built Environment and Metropolitan Development in Hamburg, Germany.