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

chapter |10 pages


part I|48 pages

Politicising Shrinking Domesticities

part II|44 pages

Narrativising Shrinking Domesticities

chapter 4|13 pages

Shrinking Aspirations

The Potential Impact of Build to Rent Models on Housing Transitions

chapter 5|13 pages

Glamorising the Materiality of Living Small

De-stuffocation, Storage, and Tiny Living Aesthetics

chapter 6|16 pages

Freedom or Dispossession?

Imaginaries of Small, Mobile Living in the Film Nomadland

part III|68 pages

Experiencing Shrinking Domesticities

chapter 7|19 pages

Decent Homes in Compact Living?

Conventional Ideals in Unconventional Contexts

chapter 8|14 pages

The Tiny Home Lifestyle (THL)

A Contemporary Response to the Neoliberalisation of Housing

chapter 10|14 pages

Meshing with Your Home

Seeking Trouble in Sharing Dwelled Spaces

part IV|96 pages

Sustainable Shrinking Domesticities

chapter 11|16 pages

Minimalist Lifestyles

Performance, Animism and Desire for Degrowth

chapter 12|14 pages

Tiny Houses and the Economics of Sufficiency

How ‘Shrinking Domesticities' Fit within the Degrowth Paradigm

chapter 13|15 pages

Tiny Living as an Everyday Practice of Sufficiency

Some Experiences of Tiny House Owners in Germany

chapter 14|17 pages

The Tiny House Movement

Ecology, Survival, and Inequality

chapter 15|18 pages

Cluster Apartments

Living with Less as Model for Lived Solidarity?

chapter 16|13 pages


A New Perspective on Female-Led Tiny House Projects

chapter |7 pages