|Title||Power, discursive space and institutional practices in the construction of housing problems|
|Authors||Jacobs, K., Kemeny, J. and Manzi, T.|
A constructionist approach to the study of social problems and housing policy provides a theoretically informed means of analysing the ways in which housing policy is formulated and implemented. Yet despite a strong commitment by housing researchers to policy-relevance, constructionist studies of how specific social problems are generated and deployed have so far made only a limited impact on housing research. The paper addresses this lacuna by first discussing important literature and the key conceptual issues in this field of study. This is followed by a discussion of two examples from recent UK housing policy (the shift in the 1980s from defining lone mothers as the victims of housing shortages to a morally questionable group subverting needs based allocation policies and the re-emergence of anti-social behaviour as a problem on housing estates). The paper's conclusion is that the 'construction of problems' provides a rich source of new material as well as offering significant opportunities to develop a more critically informed housing research agenda.
|Keywords||social problems, housing, power, discourse, institutional practice|
|Journal citation||18 (4), pp. 429-446|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1080/02673030304252|