Constraints and possibilities for co-housing to address contemporary urban and ecological crises: A conclusion

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In this conclusion we argue that, while we have demonstrated in this book that definitions of co-housing as well as co-housing practices in different European countries vary, there are some general lessons to be learned for anyone interested in understanding or practising co-housing in the context of advanced capitalist societies. This conclusion has three parts: First, we address the questions asked in the introduction regarding the relation between contemporary co-housing ideas and practices and the discourse on sustainable urban development. Second, we address the questions asked in the introduction regarding the two key dimensions of co-housing, community and autonomy, as understood in relation to the broader contexts of civil society and urban governance. Third, we will conclude by paying particular attention to the constraints on co-housing produced by contemporary urban development regimes as well as the potentials of co-housing to contribute towards more just and ecologically sustainable cities.


External organisations
  • Department of Sociology and Work Science, Gothenburg University
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Human Geography
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Co-housing in Europe
Subtitle of host publicationTowards Sustainable Cities?
EditorsPernilla Hagbert, Henrik Gutzon Larsen, Håkan Thörn, Cathrin Wasshede
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-429-45017-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-32591-3
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Publication categoryResearch

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