Promoting responsibility, shaping behaviour: housing management, mixed communities and the construction of citizenship

Manzi, T. 2010. Promoting responsibility, shaping behaviour: housing management, mixed communities and the construction of citizenship. Housing Studies. 25 (1), pp. 5-19.

TitlePromoting responsibility, shaping behaviour: housing management, mixed communities and the construction of citizenship
AuthorsManzi, T.
Abstract

This article examines housing policies aimed at establishing mixed income communities. Based on stakeholder interviews and case study analysis in England and Scotland, the article pays particular attention to the impact of interventions in housing management. The first part of the article considers the policy context for mixed communities and considers the conceptual basis underlying contemporary housing management through discourses of culture and social control. The second part considers how this agenda has resulted in the adoption of intensive management strategies within mixed communities; illustrated in the development of allocation policies, initiatives designed to tackle anti-social behaviour and proposals to develop sustainable communities. The main argument is given that the concept of mixed communities is based on the premise of social housing failure, citizenship has been defined largely in response to private sector interests. This approach to management has been a contributory factor in the construction of social housing as a form of second-class citizenship.

JournalHousing Studies
Journal citation25 (1), pp. 5-19
ISSN0267-3037
YearJan 2010
PublisherTaylor & Francis
FileManzi_2010_final_author.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/02673030903363462
Publication dates
PublishedJan 2010

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