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The growing trend of living small: a critical approach to shrinking domesticities

Harris, Ella, Nowicki, Mel and White, Tim (2023) The growing trend of living small: a critical approach to shrinking domesticities. Home. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9780367764463

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Identification Number: 10.4324/9781003173052


This book examines the growing trend for housing models that shrink private living space and seeks to understand the implications of these shrinking domestic worlds. Small spaces have become big business. Reducing the size of our homes, and the amount of stuff within them, is increasingly sold as a catch-all solution to the stresses of modern life and the need to reduce our carbon footprint. Shrinking living space is being repackaged in a neoliberal capitalist context as a lifestyle choice rather than the consequence of diminishing choice in the face of what has become a long-term housing 'crisis'. What does this mean for how we live in the long term, and is there a dark side to the promise of a simpler, more sustainable home life? Shrinking Domesticities brings together research from across the social sciences, planning and architecture to explore these issues. From co-living developments to the Tiny House Movement, self-storage units to practices of 'de-stuffification', and drawing on examples from across Europe, North America and Australasia, the authors of this volume seek to understand both what micro-living is bringing to our societies, and what it may be eroding.

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Additional Information: © 2023 selection and editorial matter, the editors; individual chapters, the contributors.
Divisions: LSE Cities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2023 15:39
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2024 21:52

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