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Home, meaning and identity: Learning from the English model of shared ownership

Bright, Susan and Hopkins, Nicholas (2010) Home, meaning and identity: Learning from the English model of shared ownership Housing Theory and Society (doi:10.1080/14036096.2010.527119).

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This article explores the problematic nature of the label ‘home ownership’ through a case study of the English model of shared ownership, one of the methods used by the UK government to make home ownership affordable. Adopting a legal and socio-legal analysis, the article considers whether shared ownership is capable of fulfilling the aspirations households have for home ownership. To do so, the article considers the financial and non-financial meanings attached to home ownership and suggests that the core expectation lies in ownership of the value. The article demonstrates that the rights and responsibilities of shared owners are different in many respects from those of traditional home owners, including their rights as regards ownership of the value. By examining home ownership through the lens of shared ownership the article draws out lessons of broader significance to housing studies. In particular, it is argued that shared ownership shows the limitations of two dichotomies commonly used in housing discourse: that between private and social housing; and the classification of tenure between owner-occupiers and renters. The article concludes that a much more nuanced way of referring to home ownership is required, and that there is a need for a change of expectations amongst consumers as to what sharing ownership means.

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Published date: 27 October 2010


Local EPrints ID: 178899
ISSN: 1403-6096
PURE UUID: 9d9d84d8-7860-41a4-aaf9-22d6a57e5c00

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Date deposited: 28 Mar 2011 14:44
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:04

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Author: Susan Bright
Author: Nicholas Hopkins

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