Social Housing, Wellbeing and Welfare

James Gregory

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Bristol University Press

Due to be published: 20th Jul '22

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Bridging housing studies and social policy, this book analyses competing interpretations of the role and value of social housing in the UK. The author provides new research on the relationship between housing and wellbeing, and challenges the pervasive policy and social consensus that owner-occupation is the ‘natural’ choice of aspiring people.

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The growing demand for social housing is one of the most pressing public issues in the UK today, and this book analyses its role and impact. Anchored in a discussion of different approaches to the meaning and measurement of wellbeing, the author explores how these perspectives influence our views of the meaning, value and purpose of social housing in today’s welfare state. The closing arguments of the book suggest a more universalist approach to social housing, designed to meet the common needs of a wide range of households, with diverse socioeconomic characteristics, but all sharing the same equality of social status.

Additional information

Dimensions 156 × 234 mm
Page Count 238