Autonomy, democracy and solidarity. The defining principles of collaborative civil society housing and some mechanisms that may challenge them
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Original versionSørvoll J, Bengtsson B. Autonomy, democracy and solidarity. The defining principles of collaborative civil society housing and some mechanisms that may challenge them. Urban Research and Practice. 2019 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17535069.2019.1573267
This theoretical paper introduces a conceptual framework for empirical study and comparison of collaborative civil society housing (CSH). We suggest that CSH communities satisfy four criteria to a lesser or higher extent: (1) autonomy, (2) participatory democracy, (3) internal solidarity and (4) external solidarity. Drawing primarily on empirical examples from the scholarly literature on co-operative housing, we claim that all CSH communities face challenges that may lead to the erosion of these civil society criteria. We argue that such challenges are general social mechanisms that manifest themselves in various types of situations, for instance, when apartments are transferred or refurbished.