Title

From planned communities to deregulated spaces : social and tenurial change in high quality state housing

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Housing Studies

Publication Date

1-1-2003

Volume

18

Issue

1

First Page

47

Last Page

63

Publisher

Routledge

Keywords

Council Housing, New Towns, Social Change, Privatisation

Abstract

This paper explores social and tenurial change on two estates of high quality state housing in the south of England. In doing so it offers a corrective to dominant contemporary perceptions of state housing as stigmatised policy failures and engages with wider debates about social change and tenure diversification. The paper argues that while tenurial distinctions are evident they are less significant than might be assumed from contemporary debates. Residents are as likely to construct narratives of neighbourhood change around life course and lifestyle as around the growth of home ownership. The paper also offers a further contribution to literature which has tracked the social consequences of privatisation policies in the state housing sector in Britain. The research involved unstructured interviews with 50 residents and key actors on the two estates which were examples of early British post-war state housing. Using administrative files, tenants and owners were drawn from different time periods, including both original and new residents. The research also involved archival work and a postal survey.

DOI

10.1080/0267303032000076830

Print ISSN

02673037

E-ISSN

14661810

Funding Information

This paper draws on research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, ‘New Zones of Transition: Social Change on Council Estates’, Award No. R000236738.

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Recommended Citation

Kennett, P., & Forrest, R. (2003). From planned communities to deregulated spaces: Social and tenurial change in high quality state housing. Housing Studies, 18(1), 47-63. doi: 10.1080/0267303032000076830