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In search of 'a chosen community': A study on self-initiated co-housing projects in Berlin

Hede, Helena LU (2017) SANM03 20162
Department of Sociology
Social Anthropology
Abstract
This study explores Baugruppen co-housing communities in Berlin. In comparison to the general focus on economic and environmental development objectives, socially sustainable goals remain unclear. This thesis focusses on how co-housing residents initiate and fulfil their co-housing goals. It also considers how urban co-housing as a regeneration project aimed to strengthen social cohesion relates to discussions about city development and issues of gentrification. I examine the concept of social sustainability in Baugruppen co-housing projects through critical theories, in order to understand how social sustainability is experienced by members of the co-housing projects. Co-housing initiatives are regarded by city authorities in Berlin as... (More)
This study explores Baugruppen co-housing communities in Berlin. In comparison to the general focus on economic and environmental development objectives, socially sustainable goals remain unclear. This thesis focusses on how co-housing residents initiate and fulfil their co-housing goals. It also considers how urban co-housing as a regeneration project aimed to strengthen social cohesion relates to discussions about city development and issues of gentrification. I examine the concept of social sustainability in Baugruppen co-housing projects through critical theories, in order to understand how social sustainability is experienced by members of the co-housing projects. Co-housing initiatives are regarded by city authorities in Berlin as solutions to issues of demographic change and urban expansion. I have found that the co-housing projects do not include equal opportunities for residents of different socioeconomic groups. My fieldwork investigates Baugruppen co-housing through observation and interviews with residents, focussing on how views are expressed by the initiators of the communities and how the communities relate to diversity. As such it is a descriptive thesis, which aims to give the reader insight into the changes which are taking place in Berlin. (Less)
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author
Hede, Helena LU
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SANM03 20162
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
social anthropology, social sustainability, co-housing, cohousing, Baugruppen, gentrification, Berlin
language
English
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8902029
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2017-02-01 15:21:56
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2017-02-20 06:52:16
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  abstract     = {This study explores Baugruppen co-housing communities in Berlin. In comparison to the general focus on economic and environmental development objectives, socially sustainable goals remain unclear. This thesis focusses on how co-housing residents initiate and fulfil their co-housing goals. It also considers how urban co-housing as a regeneration project aimed to strengthen social cohesion relates to discussions about city development and issues of gentrification. I examine the concept of social sustainability in Baugruppen co-housing projects through critical theories, in order to understand how social sustainability is experienced by members of the co-housing projects. Co-housing initiatives are regarded by city authorities in Berlin as solutions to issues of demographic change and urban expansion. I have found that the co-housing projects do not include equal opportunities for residents of different socioeconomic groups. My fieldwork investigates Baugruppen co-housing through observation and interviews with residents, focussing on how views are expressed by the initiators of the communities and how the communities relate to diversity. As such it is a descriptive thesis, which aims to give the reader insight into the changes which are taking place in Berlin.},
  author       = {Hede, Helena},
  keyword      = {social anthropology,social sustainability,co-housing,cohousing,Baugruppen,gentrification,Berlin},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {In search of 'a chosen community': A study on self-initiated co-housing projects in Berlin},
  year         = {2017},
}