This master thesis investigates why some people choose to live in the ecovillage "Den Selvforsynende Landsby" (The Self-sufficient Village) in Southern Funen, and how the residents in the village experi-ence the relationship between community and freedom. Using both participant observation and quali-tative interviews with the residents, the analysis' methodology has been shaped as a qualitative case study. The analysis points to three general factors which influence the choice to live in the ecovillage and how the residents in the village experience the relationship between community and freedom. George Simmel's city sociology and further theorizations of Sense of Belonging show how the resi-dents have sought the life in the village in an attempt to escape the greater society's norms and con-formity, and how they instead have chosen to live in a place where they experience a greater sense of belonging with likeminded people.
Then the analysis shows how the community is central and a factor in the residents' motivation to why they live and thrive in the ecovillage. Zygmunt Bauman's community theory shows us that the social life in the village can be perceived as an ethical community, but also that the residents must con-tinuously negotiate the balance between family and community due to the change in the latter's onto-logical character in the modern and late modern society.
At last, the analysis shows how there is a close relationship between idealism and pragmatism in the work with sustainability in the village. While the residents in The Self-sufficient Village live more environmentally friendly than the average Dane, they often have to compromise their goals concerning self-sufficiency in order to carry out the more practical side of life. As a conclusion on the analysis it is shown, that the residents are torn as to whether they live in the ecovillage for their own sake or as a critique of society.
|Educations||, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Graduate|
|Publication date||1 Feb 2018|
|Number of pages||80|