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‘Generation rent’ and the emotions of private renting: self-worth, status and insecurity amongst low-income renters

McKee, Kim, Soaita, Adriana Mihaela and Hoolachan, Jennifer ORCID: 2020. ‘Generation rent’ and the emotions of private renting: self-worth, status and insecurity amongst low-income renters. Housing Studies 35 (8) , pp. 1468-1487. 10.1080/02673037.2019.1676400

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The UK private rented sector is increasingly accommodating a diverse range of households, many of whom are young people struggling to access other forms of housing. For those at the bottom-end of the sector, who typically have limited economic resources, it is a precarious housing tenure due to its expense and insecurity, yet few studies have explored qualitatively the emotional consequences of this for wellbeing. We address this gap in the ‘generation rent’ literature by focusing attention on those voices that have been less prominent in the literature. Informed by Madden and Marcuse’s (2016) theoretical lens of ‘residential alienation’, our study illustrates the emotional toll of private renting upon low-income groups in a national context where state regulation is more limited. In doing so, we add nuance to the literature surrounding socioeconomic differentiation within the UK private rented sector. Our arguments are also relevant to an international audience given global concerns about housing precarity and the politics of housing.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Uncontrolled Keywords: private rented sector, home, precarity, residential alienation, young people
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0267-3037
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 October 2019
Date of Acceptance: 30 September 2019
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 16:58

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