Empowerment through residence

Somerville, Peter (1998) Empowerment through residence. Housing Studies, 13 (2). pp. 234-259. ISSN 0267-3037

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Abstract

What does it mean to empower people through the housing in which they live, and how is this empowerment to be achieved? These are the questions which are examined in this paper. Typologies of empowerment processes are devised in an attempt to make sense of the conceptual and empirical variety involved. The distinction between 'top-down' and 'bottom-up' empowerment orientations is argued to be particularly important for understanding the content, pattern and general direction of empowerment processes. Empowerments through knowledge, statute, resources, agreement and specific power transfer are then discussed in relation to specific housing contexts, in particular the context of social housing management. The utility of the typologies of empowerment processes is tested in application to specific tenant participation arrangements. It is concluded that resident empowerment is worth pursuing not only for its own sake, but for the benefits which it can bring to a wider society.

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Additional Information:What does it mean to empower people through the housing in which they live, and how is this empowerment to be achieved? These are the questions which are examined in this paper. Typologies of empowerment processes are devised in an attempt to make sense of the conceptual and empirical variety involved. The distinction between 'top-down' and 'bottom-up' empowerment orientations is argued to be particularly important for understanding the content, pattern and general direction of empowerment processes. Empowerments through knowledge, statute, resources, agreement and specific power transfer are then discussed in relation to specific housing contexts, in particular the context of social housing management. The utility of the typologies of empowerment processes is tested in application to specific tenant participation arrangements. It is concluded that resident empowerment is worth pursuing not only for its own sake, but for the benefits which it can bring to a wider society.
Keywords:Housing, empowerment through residence, residence
Subjects:L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K450 Housing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:3131
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:30 Jul 2010 14:05
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:30

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