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dc.contributor.authorShearer, Heather
dc.contributor.authorBurton, Paul
dc.description.abstractContemporary tiny houses are relatively recent phenomenon, claimed by some as a panacea for housing unaffordability and unsustainable development. It is difficult to assess these claims with any rigor because a definition of what constitutes a tiny house remains elusive. It is unclear whether they represent a small, specialized housing niche or a significant ‘movement’. Drawing on data from questionnaire surveys and interviews conducted in Australia and social media, we argue the need to develop more precise definitions of the extent of tiny house living and the wider socio-cultural aspects underpinning claims of a new movement. We explore five major themes: four that motivate tiny house living—economic, secure tenure, sustainable community and freedom; and one deterrent—regulatory barriers. Our findings suggest the Australian tiny house movement is as much a manifestation of counter-cultural values as a preference for a specific dwelling type. This helps position tiny houses in the broader contemporary Australian housing market, enable preliminary international comparisons and allow some speculation about future trajectories.
dc.publisherRoutledge: Taylor & Francis Group
dc.relation.ispartofjournalHousing Studies
dc.subject.fieldofresearchUrban and regional planning
dc.subject.fieldofresearchApplied economics
dc.subject.fieldofresearchHuman geography
dc.subject.keywordsScience & Technology
dc.subject.keywordsSocial Sciences
dc.subject.keywordsLife Sciences & Biomedicine
dc.subject.keywordsEnvironmental Studies
dc.subject.keywordsRegional & Urban Planning
dc.titleTiny houses: movement or moment?
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationShearer, H; Burton, P, Tiny houses: movement or moment?, Housing Studies, 2021
gro.description.notepublicThis publication has been entered as an advanced online version in Griffith Research Online.
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gro.griffith.authorBurton, Paul A.
gro.griffith.authorShearer, Heather L.

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