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Housing Market Renewal and Social Class

By Chris Allen

Routledge – 2008 – 238 pages

Series: Housing, Planning and Design Series

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Description

Housing market renewal is one of the most controversial urban policy programmes of recent years. Housing Market Renewal and Social Class critically examines the rationale for housing market renewal: to develop 'high value' housing markets in place of the so-called 'failing markets' of low-cost housing. Whose interests are served by such a programme and who loses out?

Drawing on empirical evidence from Liverpool, the author argues that housing market renewal plays to the interests of the middle classes in viewing the market for houses as a field of social and economic 'opportunities', a stark contrast to a working class who are more concerned with the practicalities of 'dwelling'. Against this background of these differing attitudes to the housing market, Housing Market Renewal and Social Class explores the difficult question of whether institutions are now using the housing market renewal programme to make profits at the expense of ordinary working-class people. Reflecting on how this situation has come about, the book critically examines the purpose of current housing market renewal policies, and suggests directions for interested social scientists wishing to understand the implications of the programme.

Housing Market Renewal and Social Class provides a unique phenomenological understanding of the relationship between social class and the market for houses, and will be compelling reading for anybody concerned with the situation of working class people living in UK cities.

Contents

Part 1: Invitation to Class Analysis 1. The Death and Resurrection of Class in Sociology 2. Theorizing Social Class Part 2: Social Class and the Market for Houses 3. Social Class and the Question of Being 4. Being in the Market for Houses 5. Being in a Depressed Market for Houses Part 3: The Class Politics of Housing Market Renewal 6. HMR and the ‘New’ Market Logic of Urban Renewal 7. Working Class Experiences of the Brave New Housing Market 8. HMR and the Politics of Middle Class Domination 9. The Rich Get Richer – Profiteering from Working Class Suffering

Author Bio

Chris Allen is Professor of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Description: By Chris Allen. Housing market renewal is one of the most controversial urban policy programmes of recent years. Housing Market Renewal and Social Class critically examines the rationale for housing market renewal: to develop 'high value' housing...
Categories: City and Urban Planning, Housing and Communities, Social Geography