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Housing, urban governance and anti-social behaviourPerspectives, policy and practice$
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John Flint

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346858

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346858.001.0001

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Governing tenants: from dreadful enclosures to dangerous places

Governing tenants: from dreadful enclosures to dangerous places

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(p.37) Two Governing tenants: from dreadful enclosures to dangerous places
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Housing, urban governance and anti-social behaviour
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Pauline Card

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346858.003.0003

This chapter describes the different roles that have been assigned to council housing since the 20th century. It is argued that these roles are connected to the changing political rationalities, where the translation discourses define the behaviour of both council estates and individual tenants as problematic. The discussion reveals how the contemporary problem of ASB is able to represent the latest in a continual reconfiguration of the welfare state. This involves the notions of the deserving and the undeserving, and results in the increasing use of legal measures by the social landlords in order to ‘protect’ communities.

Keywords:   council housing, political rationalities, translation discourses, welfare state, reconfiguration, legal measures, social landlords

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