Governing tenants: from dreadful enclosures to dangerous places

Pauline Card

in Housing, urban governance and anti-social behaviour

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346858
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302544 | DOI:
Governing tenants: from dreadful enclosures to dangerous places

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This chapter describes the different roles that have been assigned to council housing since the 20th century. It is argued that these roles are connected to the changing political rationalities, where the translation discourses define the behaviour of both council estates and individual tenants as problematic. The discussion reveals how the contemporary problem of ASB is able to represent the latest in a continual reconfiguration of the welfare state. This involves the notions of the deserving and the undeserving, and results in the increasing use of legal measures by the social landlords in order to ‘protect’ communities.

Keywords: council housing; political rationalities; translation discourses; welfare state; reconfiguration; legal measures; social landlords

Chapter.  7619 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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