The home is a site of multiple overlapping and at times conflicting activities. In addition to its basic role as a place of shelter for the household and a key setting for social reproduction, in many parts of the world the dwelleing is also a place of production. This is particularly significant in low-income settlements where some or all household members may be involved in income generating activities, ranging from small-scale part-time tasks with few specific spatial demands, to manufacturing activities which may dominate the dwelling environment. The presence of such activities within the domestic setting raises a number of issues central to our understanding of the social nature of space and how its meanings are constructed and negotiated through time.