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Housing Philosophy
Applying Concepts to Policy

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ISBN 9781032276069
January 31, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

This book addresses key issues in housing policy through the lens of the philosophical concepts that underpin them. It is intended to be an introduction to philosophical subjects and how they relate to key housing issues and deals with the concepts with enough rigour and depth to be of use to undergraduate and postgraduate students and teachers. Both practitioners in the housing sector and academics researching housing related subjects often use terms such as ‘fairness’, ‘social justice’, ‘tenure’, ‘property’, ‘home’ and others as if there is a single agreed meaning for these terms. But these terms can be highly contested and there are multiple viewpoints for each of them that could change how we approach them, and how we therefore create, interpret, and implement policies and procedures. This book aims to introduce certain concepts and provide guidance and stimulate thinking around how they make an impact on real world policy. Each section opens with a relevant case study designed to highlight the philosophical concepts to be discussed and coverage ranges from homelessness to the role of government and the State, to house prices, value, and property rights. The book will be of interest to students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, studying housing qualifications or philosophy, sociology, politics, governance, and social policy – it will be of particular use for those interested in the application of philosophical concepts to a real-world policy area with clear consequences.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Housing is a practical issue, what does philosophy matter? 1. Why can’t we all just agree that housing is a good thing, and that the government should provide it? 2. Why do we need the State anyway? 3. Why does the same house sell for more, just because it’s in London? 4. Why are there homeless people in a rich, modern country like a UK? 5. Why can’t I burn my house down, if I feel like it? 6. What if the State really does know best? 7. Conclusions

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Yoric Irving-Clarke is a policy and practice officer for the Chartered Institute of Housing and author of Supported Housing: Past, present and future (2019). He has a PhD from De Montfort University, UK.