Privileging the ‘objective’ : understanding the state’s role in shaping housing aspirations
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This paper is to be read as one half of a two-fold analysis of recent qualitative research on the housing aspirations of the people of Scotland, focusing specifically on the dimension of housing tenure. Moving beyond individual subjective preferences (i.e. what people ‘consciously’ want or desire in relation to housing), this paper draws influence from David Harvey’s historical materialist approach to illustrate the importance of understanding the dialectical relation between objective reality and subjective preferences. We argue that it is by examining the broad homologies between the qualitative data on one hand, and the corresponding epochs of capital accumulation on the other, that important power structures can be made visible, and changes in housing aspirations over time better understood.
Crawford , J & McKee , K 2018 , ' Privileging the ‘objective’ : understanding the state’s role in shaping housing aspirations ' Housing, Theory and Society , vol. 35 , no. 1 , pp. 94-114 . https://doi.org/10.1080/14036096.2017.1302989
Housing, Theory and Society
© 2017 IBF, The Institute for Housing and Urban Research. This work has been made available online in accordance with the publisher’s policies. This is the author created, accepted version manuscript following peer review and may differ slightly from the final published version. The final published version of this work is available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/14036096.2017.1302989
DescriptionThis work was supported by Scottish Government.
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