The growing demand for social housing is one of the most pressing public issues in Britain today, and this book analyses its role and value.
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.
James Gregory is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham.
Introduction. Wellbeing, housing and the home
The distribution of social housing. Who gets what, and why?
What’s in a name? The meaning of social housing
Discourses of dependency; social housing, welfare and political debate
Interpreting fact: is social housing really bad for you?
Wellbeing and social housing: approaches to impact
Narratives of principle and practice; claiming history, contesting purpose
Rethinking the 'social' in social housing; common needs, shared identities
From principle to practice – diverse needs, mixed solutions
Conclusion: housing, wellbeing and citizenship