Title

Residualization and council housing : aspects of the changing social relations of housing tenure

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Social Policy

Publication Date

10-1-1983

Volume

12

Issue

4

First Page

453

Last Page

468

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Abstract

It is commonly argued that council housing in Britain is becoming a residual service. This paper explores the various dimensions of residualization such as the size of the council house sector, the quality of the service, the characteristics of tenants and the nature of the stock. Whilst changes in these areas are significant it is suggested that we must look beyond housing processes to fully understand the downgrading of council housing. Specifically it is argued that explanations must take account of questions of economic and political powerlessness, the marginalization of certain sections of the working class from the labour market and the uneven impact of the recession.

DOI

10.1017/S0047279400013088

Print ISSN

00472794

E-ISSN

14697823

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Forrest, R., & Murie, A. (1983). Residualization and council housing: Aspects of the changing social relations of housing tenure. Journal of Social Policy, 12(4), 453-468. doi: 10.1017/S0047279400013088