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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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Houses and homes

Houses and homes

(p.117) Five Houses and homes
The meaning of housing

David Clapham

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the concepts of house and home. It examines the relationship between physical attributes of the house and its use and meaning. It is argued that the concept of quality in housing is a subjective one and hence defies easy definition or measurement. In this chapter, the meaning of home is discussed along with its relationship to factors such as tenure. While much research has been done in this field in recent years, it is argued that research needs to focus more on the differences between households in their conception of home and its links with issues of identity and lifestyle.

Keywords:   houses, home, housing, tenure, households

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