This book offers a balanced analysis of competing interpretations of the role and social value of social housing in the UK.
Exploring the place of social housing in the modern welfare state, it provides new thinking on the relationship between housing and wellbeing, and issues a challenge to the pervasive policy and social consensus that owner-occupation is the ‘natural’ choice of aspiring people.
It argues against the idea that social housing is somehow ‘bad’ for you, or that it causes poverty or dependency and proposes a more radical approach to social housing policy in the future.
James Gregory is Senior Research Fellow, Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management at the 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