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.
“In context of the longstanding housing crisis and continued political failure to address it, Gregory’s book provides an excellent reappraisal of the meaning and purpose of housing, but also more social solutions.” Richard Ronald, University of Amsterdam
“This refreshing and original contribution to the housing literature introduces new data and perspectives about wellbeing that challenge and broaden established debates.” Alan Murie, University of Birmingham
James Gregory is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham.
1. Introduction: housing, wellbeing and welfare
PART I Meaning and purpose: discourses of social housing
2. Wellbeing: meaning and measurement
3. Discourses of dependency: social housing, welfare, and political debate
4. Counter-narratives: dependency, culture, and the myth of worklessness
PART II Social housing, wellbeing, and experiences of the home
5. Experiences of the home: place, identity, and security
6. Mental health, happiness, and satisfaction with life
PART III Rethinking the ‘social’ in social housing: common needs, shared identities
7. Social housing and welfare spheres
8. Rethinking the ‘social’ in social housing: common needs, shared identities