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The Ideology of Home Ownership

Homeowner Societies and the Role of Housing

The Ideology of Home Ownership by Richard Ronald
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There has been a phenomenal growth in owner-occupied housing and rapid increases in house prices across societies in recent decades. Many countries have been overwhelmed by the demand for home ownership, by the aggregate wealth built up in housing property, as well as by the debt bound up in mortgage markets. This book considers how and why home ownership became so significant in various international contexts.

A central concept is 'home ownership ideology', which implies that housing practices are not benign but support particular alignments of social-power relations. A complementary concept is that of 'homeowner society', which suggests that social relations in some societies are specifically orientated towards owner-occupied housing systems, which play a role in development pathways.

While there has been a growing demand for owner-occupied housing and a substantial augmentation in property values, there has not been a parallel awareness of the wider social impact. The objective in this book is to develop understanding of the role of housing systems, ideologies and practices in emerging social structures.
Palgrave Macmillan; May 2008
295 pages; ISBN 9780230582286
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Title: The Ideology of Home Ownership
Author: Richard Ronald
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