Title

The affluent homeowner : labour-market position and the shaping of housing histories

Document Type

Book chapter

Source Publication

Class and space : the making of urban society

Publication Date

8-1-2014

First Page

330

Last Page

359

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Abstract

This article draws on research designed to explore aspects of social stratification within owner occupation. The research reconstructed and compared the housing, employment and family histories of two groups of home owners in two contrasting localities in Bristol. This article focuses on the top end of the owner occupied market, a neglected area in the sociology of housing, and explores the connections between bargaining power in the labour market and the shaping of housing histories. It is argued that core workers in the labour market exercise choice in the housing market within a framework of job determined constraints. These constraints are accompanied by a range of subsidies and benefits which are unavailable to the majority of households. As a consequence it is suggested that this group's housing histories are shaped by qualitatively distinct processes which go beyond the single fact that their earned incomes are relatively large.

Funding Information

This paper draws on research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 1987 Nigel Thrift and Peter Williams.

Additional Information

ISBN of the source publication: 9781138782389

Also published as Forrest, R., & Murie, A. (1987). The affluent homeowner: Labour-market position and the shaping of housing histories. In N. Thrift & P. Williams (Eds.), Class and space: The making of urban society (pp. 330-359). United Kingdom: Routledge.

A shorter version of the paper also published as Forrest, R., & Murie, A. (1987). The affluent homeowner: Labour market position and the shaping of housing histories. The Sociological Review, 35(2), 370-403. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-954X.1987.tb00014.x

Recommended Citation

Forrest, R., & Murie, A. (2014). The affluent homeowner: Labour-market position and the shaping of housing histories. In N. Thrift & P. Williams (Eds.), Class and space: The making of urban society (pp. 330-359). United Kingdom: Routledge.

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