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The social forces and politics of housing research: reflections from within the academy


Atkinson, R and Jacobs, K, The social forces and politics of housing research: reflections from within the academy, Housing, Theory and Society, 26, (4) pp. 233-247. ISSN 1403-6096 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2009 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/14036090802057364


In this paper we draw upon our experiences of the UK and Australian policy environments to make a series of tentative observations about the current state of housing research. We explore the political constraints that confront academic researchers by reflecting on how the changes within academia, styles of policymaking and nature of public engagement/publication affect the relative ability of academics to view themselves as progressive forces contained by these complex forces in tension. We argue that the promotion of a more critical and less politicized housing research agenda requires a more proactive response from the academic community than has hitherto been the case. We conclude that a politics of housing research production in Australia presents a distinctive set of issues that require attention; particularly a fragmented approach to social problems that has accentuated a silo approach to housing research focused on individual State responses, rather than concerted national action on social problems in this arena. © 2009 Taylor & Francis.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:policymaking, politics of research, reflexivity, social change
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociological methodology and research methods
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Atkinson, R (Associate Professor Rowland Atkinson)
UTAS Author:Jacobs, K (Professor Keith Jacobs)
ID Code:52454
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2008-07-15
Last Modified:2015-02-11
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