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Political economy perspectives and their relevance for contemporary housing studies


Jacobs, K and Atkinson, RG and Warr, D, Political economy perspectives and their relevance for contemporary housing studies, Housing Studies pp. 1-18. ISSN 0267-3037 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/02673037.2022.2100327


In recent years, there has been a resurgence of political economy scholarship stressing the class antagonisms that undergird housing systems. Despite differences, these contributions focus on housing as a component of a nation's economy and the role of political institutions as managers of that system. Our goal is to help assess the value of emerging discussions that focus on the centrality of housing assets to ideas of class and the structuring of social opportunity. We identify four key elements of such approaches: first, a concern with changes within capitalism since the GFC; second, an interest in the continued role of the State; third, the ideological position of housing and tenure; and, finally, a concern with the class-tenure antagonisms that feature in many urban settings. We argue that while an emerging body of work now examines the role of housing assets in shaping class-based fissures there remains a need to consider the policy histories affecting the shifting position of particular tenures.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:political economy of housing, capital, homeownership, housing tenure, housing classes
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban sociology and community studies
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Public services policy advice and analysis
UTAS Author:Jacobs, K (Professor Keith Jacobs)
UTAS Author:Atkinson, RG (Associate Professor Rowland Atkinson)
ID Code:152254
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2022-08-16
Last Modified:2022-09-20

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