Creating the ‘home’ in a society of barriers

Laura Hemingway

in Disabled people and housing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428066
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302094 | DOI:
Creating the ‘home’ in a society of barriers

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This chapter presents a summary of key insights presented in the book, returning to some of the issues in relation to the social model of disability. It aims to show how the housing case can act as a reminder of some wider and important gaps in knowledge about the assumptions and mechanisms that contribute to opportunities and constraints. It highlights how the various types of barrier discussed in previous chapters come together to affect disabled people's sense of ‘home’. It argues that when considering housing options, provision and need, it is important not to neglect the meanings that a ‘home’ provides for its inhabitants, since these may be central to their experiences of the dwelling. The chapter ends by providing a list of the main issues presented throughout the book to underline key messages for policy, practitioner and researcher audiences.

Keywords: disability; housing access; home; dwelling; housing options

Chapter.  8167 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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