Title

The affluent home owner : labour market position and the shaping of housing histories

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

The Sociological Review

Publication Date

5-1-1987

Volume

35

Issue

2

First Page

370

Last Page

403

Publisher

SAGE Publications Ltd

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.

DOI

10.1111/j.1467-954X.1987.tb00014.x

Print ISSN

00380261

E-ISSN

1467954X

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 1987, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved.

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Additional Information

Also published as Forrest, R., & Murie, A. (1987) & (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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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