Transformative communities as alternative forms of life? Conceptual reflections and empirical findings (co-housing in Switzerland)

Wetzel, Dietmar Jürgen. (2020) Transformative communities as alternative forms of life? Conceptual reflections and empirical findings (co-housing in Switzerland). In: Critique of Authenticity. Wilmington, Deleware, pp. 209-224.

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In the course of a re-politicization throughout Europe and North America, more and more community- based housing projects (co-housing etc.) have emerged since the 1990s that seek to formulate a response to the multiple crises in our western-postindustrial societies. In Switzerland, these projects have been conceived and known as alternative cooperatives (“Genossenschaften”), who are experimenting with a collaborative orientation and shared practices in the organizational structure, in the planning and the creation of the projects, and finally in everyday life. After a brief problematization of the co-housing-field in Switzerland and their relevance with regard to social identity, community and authenticity, the article deals with the necessity of a “critique of forms of life.” A key position for the argument is provided by the next chapter, which concerns the question of social innovations and a specially developed “praxeological understanding of innovation.” The findings obtained there flow directly into the fourth part, which bears the heading “The Practice of Cooperative Housing Forms seen from an Innovation-Theoretical Perspective.” A summary provides a tabular representation that differentiates the “praxeological understanding of innovation” according to dimensions (micro, meso and macro) and fields (spheres of action, facilitating factors and limitations). A brief conclusion ends with a consideration of the future outlook seen from a political-normative perspective.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Soziologie > Soziologie (Paul)
UniBasel Contributors:Wetzel, Dietmar Jürgen
Item Type:Book Section, refereed
Book Section Subtype:Further Contribution in a Book
Publisher:Vernon Press
Series Name:Series in Philosophy
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Book item
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