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The meaning of housingA pathways approach$
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David Clapham

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346384

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346384.001.0001

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Households and families

Households and families

(p.37) Two Households and families
The meaning of housing

David Clapham

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on the household, which is at the heart of the pathways approach. In this chapter, the demographic trends in the number and make-up of households are reviewed and linked to the changing nature of the family. The trends are made up of action and choices, but these are influenced by discourses that shape popular perceptions and political debate, and, therefore, influence policy in areas such as housing. Discussed in this chapter are the main discourses of family and their impact on policy. The chapter also discusses how the household functions in terms of the dynamics of interpersonal relationships that create and sustain the routines and actions of the household in order to understand the perceptions and actions of households. The chapter also points out the need for more research to increase the knowledge on the way that different types of households function and the factors that influence their decisions.

Keywords:   households, pathways approach, demographic trends, housing, household functions, interpersonal relationships

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