Residualization and council housing : aspects of the changing social relations of housing tenure
Journal of Social Policy
Cambridge University Press
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.
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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