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

Bright, S. and Hopkins, N. (2010) Home, meaning and identity: learning from the English model of shared ownership. Housing, Theory and Society, 27 (1). pp. 1-21. ISSN 1403-6096

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/14036096.2010.527119

Abstract/Summary

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 nonfinancial 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.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Law
ID Code:33267
Uncontrolled Keywords:Home ownership, Identity, Low cost home ownership, Shared ownership
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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