Originally Posted by ZephyrusX
That sounds like an interesting topic. My mother and grandmother grew up and lived in England and they will tell me about their past living arrangements. It was still common for individuals and even family units to share households due to economic constraint when my mother was growing up. I sometimes wonder if living arrangements will ever develop that way here in Canada and the United States. I guess in a way it has. There are communes, but they are not the norm.
I think living in a commune definitely has its perks. In one of my psych intro classes, there were a group of women who all lived together and pooled their resources together to deal with issues that could not be resolved by the market or by the State. Child care was one of those issues. Apparently, they all took turns taking care of a child even if the child didn't belong to them. I definitely sensed that they had their own unique culture and way of being.
I think such an idea might clash with dominant ideas on living arrangements in North America though. Talking from a place of relative privilege, I really like living alone or living with my mother. It is quiet and stress free. I wouldn't want to live in a commune for no other reason other than the fact that I like my alone time and don't think I'd get it there.
Unfortunately with situations like that, there is always a big chance that someone will get slighted, and then feel stuck. I live with two people, and it ain't a cake walk that's for sure. It's even worse, because a lot of times you have to old your tongue, because saying something will make things tough for many months to come. You also have to have someone in charge, and those persons decisions have to mesh with everyone.