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Promoting responsibility, shaping behaviour: housing management, mixed communities and the construction of citizenship

Manzi, Tony (2010) Promoting responsibility, shaping behaviour: housing management, mixed communities and the construction of citizenship. Housing Studies, 25 (1). pp. 5-19. ISSN 0267-3037

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673030903363462

Abstract

This article examines housing policies aimed at establishing mixed income communities. Based on stakeholder interviews and case study analysis in England and Scotland, the article pays particular attention to the impact of interventions in housing management. The first part of the article considers the policy context for mixed communities and considers the conceptual basis underlying contemporary housing management through discourses of culture and social control. The second part considers how this agenda has resulted in the adoption of intensive management strategies within mixed communities; illustrated in the development of allocation policies, initiatives designed to tackle anti-social behaviour and proposals to develop sustainable communities. The main argument is given that the concept of mixed communities is based on the premise of social housing failure, citizenship has been defined largely in response to private sector interests. This approach to management has been a contributory factor in the construction of social housing as a form of second-class citizenship.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
ID Code:7618
Deposited On:23 Feb 2010 16:28
Last Modified:04 Aug 2011 10:08

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