Housing market renewal is one of the most controversial urban
policy programmes of recent years. "Housing Market Renewal and
Social Class" critically examines the rationale for housing market
renewal: to develop 'high value' housing markets in place of the
so-called 'failing markets' of low-cost housing. Whose interests
are served by such a programme and who loses out? Drawing on
empirical evidence from Liverpool, the author argues that housing
market renewal plays to the interests of the middle classes in
viewing the market for houses as a field of social and economic
'opportunities', a stark contrast to a working class who are more
concerned with the practicalities of 'dwelling'.Against this
background of these differing attitudes to the housing market,
"Housing Market Renewal and Social Class" explores the difficult
question of whether institutions are now using the housing market
renewal programme to make profits at the expense of ordinary
working-class people. Reflecting on how this situation has come
about, the book critically examines the purpose of current housing
market renewal policies, and suggests directions for interested
social scientists wishing to understand the implications of the
programme. "Housing Market Renewal and Social Class" provides a
unique phenomenological understanding of the relationship between
social class and the market for houses, and will be compelling
reading for anybody concerned with the situation of working class
people living in UK cities.
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