Originally published in 1994, this book provides an important contribution to contemporary housing debates as well as clear examples of the use of qualitative data in causal analysis. Based on 3 original Australian case studies and a range of international data, this book demonstrates that the interests and meanings of home ownership can lead home owners into radical courses of social action that oppose the status quo, despite national governments having sponsored a remarkable growth in home ownership to promote a loyal citizenship and political stability.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Understanding Housing Tenure: The Theory 1. Home Ownership in Western Society: Cementing the Status Quo or a Force for Change? 2. Social Scientific Approaches to Home Ownership 3. Housing Tenure and Inequality 4. The Subjective Understanding of Housing Tenure: Concepts and Research Strategies 5. The Meanings of Housing Tenure Part 2: Housing Tenure and Social Action: The Case Studies 6. Social Action in the Home 7. Social Action in the Neighbourhood 8. Social Action at the Place of Employment 9. Conclusion: The Radical Home Owner?
Ian C. Winter was Executive Director of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.