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Place and Identity

The Performance of Home, 1st Edition

By Joanna Richardson


112 pages

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The UK is experiencing a housing crisis unlike any other. Homelessness is on the increase and more people are at the mercy of landlords due to unaffordable housing. Place and Identity: Home as Performance highlights that the meaning of home is not just found within the bricks and mortar; it is constructed from the network of place, space and identity and the negotiation of conflict between those – it is not a fixed space but a link with land, ancestry and culture. This book fuses philosophy and the study of home based on many years of extensive research. Richardson looks at how the notion of home, or perhaps the lack of it, can affect identity and in turn the British housing market. This book argues that the concept of ‘home’ and physical housing are intrinsically linked and that until government and wider society understand the importance of home in relation to housing, the crisis is only likely to get worse.

This book will be essential reading for postgraduate students whose interest is in housing and social policy, as well as appealing to those working in the areas of implementing and changing policy within government and professional spaces.

Table of Contents


1 Performing home: an introduction

2 Feeling at home: intersections of place and identity

3 Protecting home: negotiating conflict

4 Home screen: a public or private performance?

5 Precarious home: the challenge of homelessness

6 Home and away: beyond bricks and mortar

7 Home is in the heart: authentic self and identity

8 Going home: conclusions



About the Author

Joanna Richardson is Professor of Housing and Social Research at De Montfort University. She has previously worked as a housing professional for a local authority and a housing association as well as the Chartered Institute of Housing.

About the Series

Routledge Focus on Housing and Philosophy

Routledge Focus offers both established and early-career academics the flexibility to publish cutting-edge commentary on topical issues, policy-focused research, analytical or theoretical innovations, in-depth case studies, or short topics for specialized audiences. The format and speed to market is distinctive. Routledge Focus are 20,000 to 50,000 words and will be published as eBooks, and in Hardback as print on demand.

This book series seeks to develop the links between housing and philosophy. It seeks proposals from academics and policy makers on any aspect of philosophy and its relation to housing. This might include ethics, political and social philosophy, aesthetics, as well as logic, epistemology and metaphysics. All proposals would be expected to apply philosophical rigour to the exploration of housing phenomena, whether this be the policy making process, design, or the manner in which individuals and communities relate to housing. The series seeks an international and comparative focus and is particularly keen to include innovative and distinctly new approaches to the study of housing.

Please contact Peter King ([email protected]) and Helen Taylor ([email protected]) with ideas for book proposal or for further details.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Public Health
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General