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Small Houses, Big Community: Tiny Housers’ Desire for More Cohesive and Collaborative Communities

Department of Sociology & Human Services, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA 30597, USA
Department of Sociology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA
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Soc. Sci. 2020, 9(2), 16;
Received: 4 January 2020 / Revised: 6 February 2020 / Accepted: 9 February 2020 / Published: 13 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Community and Urban Sociology)
Past research on the tiny house movement has primarily focused on understanding the individual motivations behind adopting the tiny house lifestyle. While some studies have suggested that tiny housers do entertain an interest in community, no systematic research exists that examines the actual complexities of this phenomenon. To make first inroads into this body of literature, twenty-four community-oriented tiny housers were interviewed about their ideal community. Interview questions ranged from definitions of community to specific ideas of the nature of community characteristics. Interviews were recorded, transcribed, and then coded in NVivo 12.0. Four main themes and eleven subthemes emerged from the qualitative content analysis. Select themes were then subjected to a subsequent quantification analysis in order to refine and deepen the theoretical understanding. The findings of this exploratory study suggest that a majority of tiny housers desire to be part of more cohesive and collaborative communities. While stressing the importance of community, tiny housers also expressed concerns over privacy. To explain the findings, the paper offers a set of arguments situated in the broader socio-cultural texture of our time. View Full-Text
Keywords: tiny house; alternative lifestyle; community; simple living; privacy tiny house; alternative lifestyle; community; simple living; privacy
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Willoughby, C.; Mangold, S.; Zschau, T. Small Houses, Big Community: Tiny Housers’ Desire for More Cohesive and Collaborative Communities. Soc. Sci. 2020, 9, 16.

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