The Tenants' Movement

Resident involvement, community action and the contentious politics of housing

By Quintin Bradley

© 2014 – Routledge

188 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2014-06-26
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About the Book

The Tenants' Movement is both a history of tenant organization and mobilization, and a guide to understanding how the struggles of tenant organizers have come to shape housing policy today. Charting the history of tenant mobilization, and the rise of consumer movements in housing, it is one of the first cross-cultural, historical analyses of tenants’ organizations’ roles in housing policy.

The Tenants' Movement shows both the past and future of tenant mobilization. The book’s approach applies social movement theory to housing studies, and bridges gaps between research in urban sociology, urban studies, and the built environment, and provides a challenging study of the ability of contemporary social movements, community campaigns and urban struggles to shape the debate around public services and engage with the unfinished project of welfare reform.


"[T]his book represents a rich and important contribution to the study of social housing governance."Housing Studies, Hal Pawson, University of New South Wales

Table of Contents

Contents Chapter 1 The Tenants Movement Chapter 2 The Hidden History of Tenants Chapter 3 Power and Participation Chapter 4 Constructing a Tenant Voice Chapter 5 Tenant localism and democracy Chapter 6 Mobilising Tenants Chapter 7 Conclusion Appendix 1 Transcription Key Appendix 2 Focus Groups and Interviews References Index

About the Author

Quintin Bradley is Senior Lecturer in Planning and Housing Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK.

About the Series

Housing and Society Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Social History