Housing and social inequality in Britain

Mark Kleinman

in Comparing social policies

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9781861343666
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301967 | DOI:
Housing and social inequality in Britain

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This chapter looks at trends in social inequality in Britain and how the operation of the housing system and housing policy has contributed to this. It is divided into three parts. The first part looks at the development of housing policy in Britain from the mid-1970s on. It argues that the late 1970s and early 1980s were turning points that led to an increase in inequality, and an entrenched process of tenure polarisation. The second part looks more generally at the growth of social and economic inequality over the same period. In Britain, income inequality grew rapidly between 1977 and 1990, when it reached its highest postwar level. The third part looks at the current policies tackling inequality and social exclusion, including the contribution of housing and regeneration policies.

Keywords: housing policy; social inequality; tenure polarisation; economic inequality; social exclusion

Chapter.  6773 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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