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Ethnicity, ‘race’ and housing

Malcolm Harrison and Cathy Davis

in Housing, social policy and difference

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9781861343055
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861343055.003.0006
Ethnicity, ‘race’ and housing

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This chapter first provides some selected information on housing and black minority ethnic households, while noting the diversities of experiences along with continuing commonalities of adverse circumstances. The discussion then shifts to selected aspects of the ‘human agency’. Comments on the policies and practices of government and provider organisations, where it is important to acknowledge change, are presented. This is followed by a discussion of housing need, which covers the potentially contested nature of the concept; issues of ethnic managerialism, particularism, and universalism; and links with empowerment, ownership, and security.

Keywords: minority ethnic households; human agency; housing need; ethnic managerialism; universalism; particularism; empowerment; security

Chapter.  9786 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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