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The University of Southampton
Geography and Environmental Science

Shared housing, shared lives? Negotiating privacy and everyday domestic intimacy in shared contexts Seminar

12 October 2016
Shackleton Building 44, Lecture Theatre B

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Dr Nathaniel O'Grady at N.O' .

Event details

Increasing numbers of people in the UK are experiencing shared living arrangements at some point in their lives, largely in response to limited housing options and sometimes through choice. This paper explores the nature of everyday domestic intimacy in different types of shared housing, from housing co-ops and cohousing schemes through to joint tenancies in the private rented sector and private lodging arrangements. It considers how temporal, spatial, economic and ideological practices variously interact to either foster or discourage shared intimacy and communality in shared living arrangements. The paper draws on data from an ESRC-funded project, Under the Same Roof: The Everyday Relational Practices of Contemporary Communal Living, directed by Sue Heath between 2013 and 2015, which focuses on shared living arrangements across the lifecourse.

Speaker information

Professor Sue Heath, University of Manchester. Sue Heath is a Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives at the University of Manchester. She has a longstanding interest in processes of household formation, with a particular interest in young adults' domestic and housing transitions. Prior to her current post, she worked in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Southampton for thirteen years, where she conducted the first UK study of young people’s house shares.

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