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Housing aspirations, pathways, and provision: contradictions and compromises in pursuit of voluntary simplicity


McArthur, M and Stratford, E, Housing aspirations, pathways, and provision: contradictions and compromises in pursuit of voluntary simplicity, Housing Studies, 36, (5) pp. 714-736. ISSN 0267-3037 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/02673037.2020.1720614


Housing is a caring act prompting individuals and groups to challenge the contours of housing policies and systems as they pursue housing aspirations, shape housing pathways, and secure housing provision. In this article, we think critically about housing as part of an infrastructure of care and about how housing aspirations, pathways, and provisioning inform moral and caring acts known as voluntary simplicity. We focus on housing aspirations, pathways, and provisioning to document how those three ‘rub up’ against four specific provision processes (preparation, purchase, design, and permissions and implementation) and conclude that voluntary simplicity could be a powerful tool by which to shape more caring housing futures – if it was troubled by fewer contradictions and compromises in its application and if those subscribing to it were supported by a few key resources. Findings point to general and widespread opportunities to think more about the relationship of voluntary simplicity to housing studies, including in small-scale studies in regional centres.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:housing aspirations, housing pathways, housing provision, households, voluntary simplicity, Tasmania, Australia
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:McArthur, M (Mrs Marisa McArthur)
UTAS Author:Stratford, E (Professor Elaine Stratford)
ID Code:137306
Year Published:2021 (online first 2020)
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2020-02-09
Last Modified:2021-10-26
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