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Grow up!: Kollektive boformer:familie, hjem, og det at gøremellemalder ordentligt
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).
2013 (Norwegian)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

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.
Keyword [en]
communal living, age, queer time, adulthood, norms, family, home.
National Category
Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-121747OAI: diva2:934079
Available from: 2016-06-08 Created: 2016-06-08 Last updated: 2016-06-08Bibliographically approved

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