The Tiny House Movement: Challenging Consumer Culture features in-depth interviews with movement residents, builders, and advocates, as well as the author’s insights from her fieldwork of living tiny. In it, we learn how the movement is challenging consumerism, overwork, and environmental destruction and facilitating a more meaningful understanding of home.
This book highlights that the tiny house movement is more than a lifestyle choice and that the movement challenges the consumerist lifestyle. In Canada and the United States, we are taught that bigger is better and that constant growth in our personal wealth, accumulation, and in the economy is a sign of our success. We sacrifice well-being and life satisfaction because of our relationship with ‘stuff.’ This leads to personal debt and unsustainability in our relationships, communities, and the environment. This is the first book to examine the tiny house movement as a challenge to consumer culture by demonstrating its potential to offer individual, collective, and societal change.
Tracey Harris is assistant professor of sociology at Cape Breton University.
Chapter 1: Is Bigger Really Better?
Chapter 2: What is the Tiny House Movement?
Chapter 3: When Less Equals More
Chapter 4: Challenging our Consumer Lifestyle
Chapter 5: Criticisms and Critiques of the Tiny House Movement
Chapter 6: From NIMBY to YIMBY!
Harris’s The Tiny House Movement: Challenging Our Consumer Culture is a brief and accessible volume outlining just how they do this, drawing on a range of qualitative methods. . . . The book does provide a timely contribution to literature on the intersection of home and identity. . . . In her closing, Harris conveys that the goal of this book is to inspire readers ‘‘to look for novel solutions to counter the planetary crisis we face’’ (p. 94). The book succeeds on this front, providing insights into how one can intentionally reimagine home and belongings and the systems in which each are embedded. This work provides a helpful complement to studies of lifestyle movements as well as works on home, consumption, and environment.