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Young People and Housing

Transitions, Trajectories and Generational Fractures, 1st Edition

Edited by Ray Forrest, Ngai-Ming Yip


264 pages

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Young People and Housing brings together new research exploring the economic, social, and cultural challenges that face young people in search of permanent housing. Featuring international case studies from Asia, Europe, and Australia, Young People and Housing is a collection of groundbreaking work from leading scholars in housing policy.

Younger generations across a wide range of societies face increasing difficulties in gaining access to housing. Housing occupies a pivotal position in the transition from parental dependence to adult independence. Delayed independence has significant implications for marriage and family formation, fertility, inter and intra generational tensions, social mobility and social inequalities.

The social and cultural dimensions are, of course, enormously varied with strong contrasts between Asian and Western societies in terms of intergenerational norms and practices in relation to housing. Nevertheless, younger households in China (including Hong Kong), Japan, the USA, Australasia and Europe face very similar challenges in the housing sphere. Moreover, concerns about the housing future for younger generations are gaining greater policy and popular prominence in many countries.


"This book is a valuable source of international information on the trajectories of young households from dependence to independence. In this capacity it will be of interest to housing and social policy scholars. It can also provide a helpful information base for policy makers who do see problems in the housing, labour market and distributional consequences of the changing patterns that are developing." - Michael Oxley, Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, University of Cambridge, UK, International Journal of Housing Policy

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Making Sense of the Housing Trajectories of Young People Ray Forrest Part 1 The Family, Demography and the Transition to Adulthood Chapter 2 Balancing Autonomy, Status and Family in the Transition to Adulthood: Class and Housing Aspects of the Southern European Model in Athens, 1987-2004 Dimitris Emmanuel Chapter 3 The First Steps into the Italian Housing System: Inequality between Generational Gaps and Family Intergenerational Transfers Teresio Poggio Chapter 4 The Housing Transitions of Young People in Australia: Change, Continuity and Challenge Andrew Beer and Debbie Faulkner Chapter 5 The Living Arrangements of Just Married Adults in Taiwan William Li Part 2 Housing Affordability and Youth Housing Trajectories Chapter 6 Youth Housing and Exclusion in Sweden Mats Lieberg Chapter 7 Homeownership, Cohort Trajectories and Hong Kong’s Post-80 Generation Ngai-ming Yip Chapter 8 Youth Housing Problems in China Yapeng Zhu Part 3 Economic Change and Generational Fractures Chapter 9 Housing and Generational Fractures in Japan Yosuke Hirayama Chapter 10 Residential Trajectories of Young French People : The French Generational Gap Fanny Bugeja Chapter 11 Young People’s Trajectories through Irish Housing Booms and Busts: Headship, Housing and Labour Market access among the under 30s since the Late 1960s Michelle Norris and Nessa Winston Chapter 12 The Lived Experience of Housing among Young People in Russia Jane Zavisca

About the Editors

Ray Forrest is Chair Professor in Housing and Urban Studies, City University of Hong Kong and Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies at the University of Bristol.

Ngai ming Yip is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public and Social Administration, City University of Hong Kong.

About the Series

Housing and Society Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning