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
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.