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Publication date: 25 November 2014

April Anson

To examine the recent popularity of the tiny house movement with a critical eye toward the growing commodification of sustainability in a market that continues to shelter…

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Purpose

To examine the recent popularity of the tiny house movement with a critical eye toward the growing commodification of sustainability in a market that continues to shelter economic and class privilege, despite that the movement itself emerges from a desire to consume less and contribute to community more.

Methodology/approach

Written from the position of a tiny house builder and dweller, this study reads a range of recently published accounts of the tiny house movement, informed by contemporary work in environmental sociology. Investigates current rhetoric surrounding the movement with special attention to issues of mobility, consumption, and the movement’s romanticism, with particular attention to the movement’s invocations of Henry David Thoreau.

Findings

Tiny house living can cultivate correctives to possible oversights or entitlements in environmental thought, challenge representations of the movement itself, and encourage those inside the “tiny” house movement to openly discuss the difficulties and capabilities endemic to tiny living.

Social implications

Tiny houses, while still bound to forms of privilege, hold potential to be what some social science researchers have seen as best practice. Practices that link the practicality of realism with the zeal of romanticism can contribute to what has been found to be a positive correlation between conscious consumption and political activism.

Originality/value

This critique offers a gentle corrective to unmitigated praise of the current tiny house phenomenon in order to highlight the movement’s potential for addressing more pressing social justice and environmental issues.

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From Sustainable to Resilient Cities: Global Concerns and Urban Efforts
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78441-058-2

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From Sustainable to Resilient Cities: Global Concerns and Urban Efforts
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78441-058-2

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Publication date: 25 November 2014

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From Sustainable to Resilient Cities: Global Concerns and Urban Efforts
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78441-058-2

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Publication date: 1 December 1954

EVIDENCE of the importance which automation is assuming comes from the Institution of Production Engineers, who announce that they will hold a National Conference in…

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EVIDENCE of the importance which automation is assuming comes from the Institution of Production Engineers, who announce that they will hold a National Conference in Margate from 16th to 19th June, 1955, when it is proposed to examine the implications of the automatic factory, and to promote discussion on the technical, sociological and managerial problems involved. The impact on smaller factories will be particularly considered.

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Work Study, vol. 3 no. 12
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0043-8022

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Publication date: 1 April 1967

THE fashionable topic today is management. Critics lay at its door many of the troubles from which we suffer. On the other hand there are those who laud it as the key…

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THE fashionable topic today is management. Critics lay at its door many of the troubles from which we suffer. On the other hand there are those who laud it as the key which will open the door to future prosperity for this country. Government, Press, commerce and industry are as one in assuring us that by making management efficient we can say goodbye to many of our difficulties. That is a rather facile assumption. Prosperity depends on productivity and management is only one of the factors involved.

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Work Study, vol. 16 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0043-8022

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Publication date: 1 February 1957

NO one will pretend that work study occupies the departmental status that it is entitled to occupy in the organisation structure. Whereas there is every indication that…

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NO one will pretend that work study occupies the departmental status that it is entitled to occupy in the organisation structure. Whereas there is every indication that work study's overall influence is wide‐spread, the fact remains that individual departments are kept well screwed down. This seems strange since increased production and optimum efficiency springs from its functions.

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Work Study, vol. 6 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0043-8022

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Publication date: 1 April 1957

Do not reach for your pen—we are quite aware that this journal is for work study technicians. But it is also a journal for management, and is read by a great many readers…

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Do not reach for your pen—we are quite aware that this journal is for work study technicians. But it is also a journal for management, and is read by a great many readers who are not technicians, but who are otherwise interested in improving industrial efficiency.

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Work Study, vol. 6 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0043-8022

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Publication date: 1 February 1966

IN the middle of a January afternoon an audience which packed the National Film Theatre was held in thrall by a film. These people drawn from Government departments, trade…

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IN the middle of a January afternoon an audience which packed the National Film Theatre was held in thrall by a film. These people drawn from Government departments, trade unions, employers, technical colleges and local productivity committees were not wasting precious time watching the miming of famous film stars.

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Work Study, vol. 15 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0043-8022

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Publication date: 1 January 1975

Knight's Industrial Law Reports goes into a new style and format as Managerial Law This issue of KILR is restyled Managerial Law and it now appears on a continuous…

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Knight's Industrial Law Reports goes into a new style and format as Managerial Law This issue of KILR is restyled Managerial Law and it now appears on a continuous updating basis rather than as a monthly routine affair.

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Managerial Law, vol. 18 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-0558

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Publication date: 1 January 1969

DURING the past fifteen years technical literature has garnered as much information as in all previously recorded history, and man has grown very adept at quickly…

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DURING the past fifteen years technical literature has garnered as much information as in all previously recorded history, and man has grown very adept at quickly converting this knowledge into machines and processes. Doing so has provided him with more material comforts than the greatest in the land enjoyed a few centuries ago. This increase in knowledge and the employment of sophisticated technology over a broad field means that every industrialized country can echo the old Swiss boast: ‘Got any rivers they say are uncrossable? Got any mountains you can't tunnel through? We specialize in the wholly impossible, doing the things that no others can do.’

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Work Study, vol. 18 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0043-8022

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