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Accommodating differenceEvaluating supported housing for vulnerable people$
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David Clapham

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306344

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306344.001.0001

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Difference and well-being

Difference and well-being

(p.37) Two Difference and well-being
Accommodating difference

David Clapham

Policy Press

Chapter 2 reviews the philosophies, concepts and discourses that underpin provision and form the basis for the evaluation of its impact. Discourses are situated in particular social and political settings and so the chapter begins with a discussion of the nature of post-modern societies with an emphasis on diversity, identity and lifestyle. The focus then shifts to the discourses that have shaped supported housing. Most emphasis here is placed on the discourse of well-being which forms the basis of the evaluation framework used in the book. The history of the well-being discourse is described and the underlying rationales for the discourse assessed. It is argued that the discourse is of most use if the psychological concepts that underpin it are uncovered and operationalized. The main concepts of personal control, identity and self-esteem and social relations are described and applied to the situation of supported housing. The final part of the chapter examines the way that the discourses and concepts have been used to assess the outcomes of supported housing, either through inspection by regulatory agencies or through performance measurement regimes.

Keywords:   Supported housing, Well-being, Identity, Evaluation, Discourse

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