Grow up!: Kollektive boformer:familie, hjem, og det at gøremellemalder ordentligt
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Based on nine qualitative interviews with individuals living communally in three Swedish and Danish cities, this study investigates how age and corresponding heteronormative ideas about home and family influence communal living. Utilizing queer and feminist theory in addition to studies on aging, I find that the participants reproduce age standards in order to legitimize their way of living whilst trying to distance themselves from the common notion that communal living is a lifestyle for young people. However at the same time they resist age norms, for example, by using language creatively, hereby blurring the boundaries of the conventional heteronormative concept of adulthood. Furthermore I explore how a heteronormative design of housing, a lack of communes that can serve as models for future living and the fact that communes often has connotations to the hippie era in the 1970s, makes it difficult for participants to see themselves live collectively in the future. Ultimately, I argue that the commune can be seen as a nowtopia, a utopia practised in the present, which queers time and age concepts, thus holding the potential of changing heteronormative ideas about home, family and age.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 92 p.
communal living, age, queer time, adulthood, norms, family, home.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-121747OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-121747DiVA: diva2:934079