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Investor subjectivities in Melbourne’s high cost housing market


Gorter, TE and Jacobs, K, Investor subjectivities in Melbourne's high cost housing market, Housing, Theory and Society pp. 1-20. ISSN 1403-6096 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14036096.2020.1813803


The political economy of housing in Australia is in flux; households increasingly engage in the housing market as a way to manage social and financial risks. Addressing a lack of empirical research on household decision-making, we interviewed 40 owners and renter households in Melbourne. Participants understood the role of housing as a financial asset; this was enacted through their adoption of the position of a neoliberal investor subject engaged in speculative investment and rational calculation of risks and rewards. Renters were conscious of living in their landlord's investment. However, some participants also articulated active resistance to speculative investment in the housing market, and their commitment to the use value of housing and other meanings of home. This examination of the feelings and practices of participants within the housing market provided new insights into the ways that neoliberal ideology and financialization processes are currently shaping Australia.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:families with young children, housing market, Melbourne, investor subject, financialisation, private rental, home ownership, qualitative
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban sociology and community studies
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Social class and inequalities
UTAS Author:Gorter, TE (Ms Tamlin Gorter)
UTAS Author:Jacobs, K (Professor Keith Jacobs)
ID Code:140878
Year Published:2020
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (FT120100471)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-09-14
Last Modified:2022-08-29

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