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The Divisive State of Social PolicyThe 'Bedroom Tax', Austerity and Housing Insecurity$
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Kelly Bogue

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447350538

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447350538.001.0001

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Life without state‑supported housing

Life without state‑supported housing

(p.15) 2 Life without state‑supported housing
The Divisive State of Social Policy

Kelly Bogue

Policy Press

Chapter 2 looks back on the history and development of council housing and the reasons why the state intervened in the housing market. Looking at key moments in its development, it highlights the historical tensions and divisions that inadequate housing gave rise to. It also draws attention to the development of the welfare state and the housing benefit scheme in order to provide background context to the changes that are unfolding in present day Britain relating to housing insecurity. This chapter explores the relationship between politics and the housing system, highlighting how different political parties and political ideologies impacted on the UKs public housing sector. It charts the rise of neoliberalisation in the UK, engaging with theories of neoliberalism and Loic Wacquant’s work on processes of advanced urban marginality. This chapter ends with outlining the case study fieldwork site and the methods employed in this study.

Keywords:   Welfare state, Protest, Stigmatization, Council housing, Social housing, Race, Class, Inequality, Neoliberalism, Urban marginality

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