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Social Justice in Contemporary Housing
Applying Rawls’ Difference Principle





ISBN 9781032178608
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
116 Pages

 
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Book Description

Philosophy is not usually seen as a guidance for modern housing policy, but in this new book, Dr Helen Taylor argues that there is something innovative, unusual, and worth discussing about the application of philosophy to housing. The philosophical framework used within this book is John Rawls’ conception of justice as fairness. The UK has gone through several shifts in housing policy over the past decade, most recently by introducing the controversial ‘Bedroom Tax’, in an effort to make more cuts to benefits and social welfare.





Social Justice in Contemporary Housing: Applying Rawls’ Difference Principle suggests that by using ideas of agency we can understand the impact that social policy has on individuals and wider society. The work outlines the liberal principle of legitimacy and argues that Rawls’ concept of reasonableness can, and should, be used to justify the intervention of policy in individuals’ lives. This book will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students of housing as well as philosophy and social policy, and also those working around the creation and implementation of social housing in the UK.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Housing Studies, Philosophy, and Policy



The epistemological foundations of housing studies



The relationship between philosophy and policy



Applied philosophy



Policy: homelessness and housing first





Chapter 2 – The Role of the Reasonable in Public Justification



Introduction



The two moral powers



The use of reasonableness as a regulatory mechanism



A political conception of justice



The liberal principle of legitimacy



Applying reasonableness to social policy: The ‘Bedroom Tax’



Chapter 3 – A Rawlsian Account of Justice



Justice as fairness



The difference principle



Applying the difference principle



Justifying the use of the difference principle



Reflective equilibrium



Extending the concept of reflective equilibrium



Chapter 4 – Primary Goods: An Appropriate Metric?



Criticisms of primary goods



Alternative metrics



Revising primary goods



Chapter 5 – Self-Command and Basic Justice



Self-respect as a primary good



Self-command and social freedom



The revised metric



Chapter 6 – Applying Philosophy to Housing



The modified test



Application to policy



Conclusion



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Biography

Helen Taylor is a lecturer in housing studies at Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK. She is Communications Officer for the Housing Studies Association, as well as a board member for housing sector organisations Newport City Homes and Cymorth Cymru, and sector publication Welsh Housing Quarterly.