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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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Housing pathways in later life

Housing pathways in later life

(p.213) Eight Housing pathways in later life
The meaning of housing

David Clapham

Policy Press

This chapter explores the pathways approach by focusing on the later stages of a housing pathway and examining the experience of housing in later life. The primary focus of this chapter is on the discourses that shape the categorical identity of old age and structure government policy towards the provision of housing and support for older people. It is argued the current discourse of ‘community care’ is based on negative views of old age and on professional judgements of need that bear little or no relationship to the preferences and desires of older people. The chapter argues for a new approach and for policy that is based on a discourse which highlights issues of lifestyle, self-esteem, and identity and which makes the control that households can exert over their pathways the key criterion. The chapter also shows the value of the pathways approach in providing an analytical framework that highlights the relationship between discourses and the perceptions, lifestyle, and identity of individuals and households.

Keywords:   pathways approach, housing pathway, old age, government policy, housing, older people, community care, lifestyle, self-esteem, identity

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