Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9781861343055 Published April 2001 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781861341877 Published April 2001 For sale in North and South America only

Housing, social policy and difference

Disability, ethnicity, gender and housing

Malcolm Harrison and Cathy Davis

Housing, social policy and difference
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Malcolm Harrison and Cathy Davis

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9781861343055 Published April 2001 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781861341877 Published April 2001 For sale in North and South America only
Issues of 'difference' are on the agenda right across the social sciences, and are encountered daily by practitioners in policy fields. A central question is how the welfare state and its institutions respond to impairment, ethnicity and gender. This book provides an invaluable overview of key issues set in the context of housing.Touching on concerns ranging from minority ethnic housing needs to the housing implications of domestic violence, this broad-ranging study shows how difference is regulated in housing. It deploys a distinctive theoretical perspective which is applicable to other aspects of the welfare state, and bridges the agency/structure divide.Housing, social policy and difference:brings disability, ethnicity and gender into the centre of an analysis of housing policies and practices;offers a new approach to housing, informed by recent theoretical debates about agency, structure and diversity;develops the ideas of 'difference within difference' and 'social regulation';looks beyond the concerns of postmodernism to create an original account of difference and structure within the welfare state.The book will be an important text for students and researchers in housing, social policy, planning, urban studies, sociology, disability studies, gender studies and ethnic relations. It will also interest practitioners committed to greater equalities of opportunities and a fairer society.
Ruth Lister, Emeritus Professor Loughborough University
“This timely book underlines why housing has moved from the periphery to the centre of social policy debates. I hope that it will be read by policy-makers and activists as well as students and academics.” Ruth Lister, Emeritus Professor Loughborough University, and member of the House of Lords - See more at: http://www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?K=9781447306498&sf1=keyword&st1=davis+housing&m=1&dc=9#sthash.xwEF93zC.dpuf
“This timely book underlines why housing has moved from the periphery to the centre of social policy debates. I hope that it will be read by policy-makers and activists as well as students and academics.” Ruth Lister, Emeritus Professor Loughborough University, and member of the House of Lords - See more at: http://www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?K=9781447306498&sf1=keyword&st1=davis+housing&m=1&dc=9#sthash.xwEF93zC.dpuf

“This timely book underlines why housing has moved from the periphery to the centre of social policy debates. I hope that it will be read by policy-makers and activists as well as students and academics.”

Tony Benn, former Labour MP and Cabinet Minister

"The test of a civilised society is that everyone should have access to a decent home. In the post-war years a huge house building programme for local authorities was set up and this met a real need. Today we need a similar programme which would create jobs and help us to escape from the agony of austerity."

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