Structure and agency
Clapham, D. (2012) Structure and agency. In: International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home. Elsevier, pp. 34-38. ISBN 9780080471631
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The divide between agency and structural explanations of the causes of social phenomena has dominated research on housing as in other social fields. However, there has been some research that has sought to transcend this schism by combining agency and structural dimensions in the understanding of housing processes and outcomes. The article reviews the two most common approaches to doing this in housing research – structuration (following the work of Giddens) and critical realism. The example of research on homelessness is used to show how the approaches have been applied to housing issues.