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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(1), 26; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8010026

In Search of the “Good Life”: The Appeal of the Tiny House Lifestyle in the USA

Department of Sociology and Human Services, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA 30597, USA
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Received: 22 December 2018 / Revised: 14 January 2019 / Accepted: 15 January 2019 / Published: 17 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Community and Urban Sociology)
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Over the past decade, tiny houses and the lifestyle they promote have become a world-wide phenomenon, with the trend especially impactful in the United States. Given their broad appeal and increasing prominence within popular culture, it is surprising how little research exists on them. To help to better understand what motivates people to adopt this lifestyle, this paper presents insights from an exploratory study in the United States and offers the first contours of a new conceptual framework. Situating the lifestyle within the larger economic and cultural forces of our times, it argues that going “tiny” is seen by tiny house enthusiasts as a practical roadmap to the Good Life: A simpler life characterized by more security, autonomy, relationships, and meaningful experiences. The paper ends with a brief discussion of broader implications and directions for future research. View Full-Text
Keywords: tiny house; lifestyle; movement tiny house; lifestyle; movement
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