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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Social Responsibility: M.S.

First Advisor

Ann Finan

Second Advisor

Tracy Ore

Third Advisor

Isolde Mueller

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

tiny house, freedom, discourse, blogs, simple living, voluntary simplicity


The Tiny House movement, characterized by the primary dwelling it is named for, is an emerging field of academic study. The movement encompasses a diverse spectrum of simple living practices that typically serve participants' pursuit of self-defined freedom. Using framing methodologies to root the Tiny House movement as a specific articulation of Voluntary Simplicity, an intersectional approach to understand power and identity, and critical discourse analysis, this study analyzes freedom discourse in publicly available Tiny House blogs to discern positive descriptors of freedom (freedom to); negative descriptors of freedom (freedom from); applications of said freedom (freedom for whom) based on privileges and access to capitals, including financial, social, and human; and whether/how freedom discourse relates to other simple living movements.



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