Sociology/HSDA

Title

Community Re-Imagined: Tiny Houser’s and their Views of Community

Presenter Information

Laura KempFollow

Faculty Mentor(s)

Tony Zschau

Campus

Dahlonega

Proposal Type

Oral Presentation

Subject Area

Sociology/HSDA

Location

VMR 3 Enter Guest PIN 2003

Start Date

17-4-2020 9:00 AM

End Date

17-4-2020 10:00 AM

Description/Abstract

The contemporary TH movement emerged in the aftermath of the 2007-2008 housing crisis in the United States and the subsequent global financial meltdown. Struggling to make ends meet, the movement and its early adherents pioneered a new way to live a simpler and – and what they saw as – a more rewarding lifestyle. Little is known, however, how tiny housers view community. To address this gap in the literature, a secondary data analysis of variables from two large survey datasets (N=354 and N=1008) was conducted using IBM SPSS 24.0. Based on a series of descriptive and bivariate analyses, the findings of this exploratory study suggest that tiny housers have a unique – and at times countercultural – set of views on how to live with others. These preference for certain types of community, it will be argued, can be best explained by making references to the larger socio-cultural context of our time. Implications for future research will also be discussed.

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Community Re-Imagined: Tiny Houser’s and their Views of Community

VMR 3 Enter Guest PIN 2003

The contemporary TH movement emerged in the aftermath of the 2007-2008 housing crisis in the United States and the subsequent global financial meltdown. Struggling to make ends meet, the movement and its early adherents pioneered a new way to live a simpler and – and what they saw as – a more rewarding lifestyle. Little is known, however, how tiny housers view community. To address this gap in the literature, a secondary data analysis of variables from two large survey datasets (N=354 and N=1008) was conducted using IBM SPSS 24.0. Based on a series of descriptive and bivariate analyses, the findings of this exploratory study suggest that tiny housers have a unique – and at times countercultural – set of views on how to live with others. These preference for certain types of community, it will be argued, can be best explained by making references to the larger socio-cultural context of our time. Implications for future research will also be discussed.