The affluent home owner : labour market position and the shaping of housing histories

Ray FORREST, Alan MURIE

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    Abstract

    This article draws on research designed to explore aspects of social stratification within owner occupation. The research reconstructed and compared the housing, employment and family histories of two groups of home owners in two contrasting localities in Bristol. This article focuses on the top end of the owner occupied market, a neglected area in the sociology of housing, and explores the connections between bargaining power in the labour market and the shaping of housing histories. It is argued that core workers in the labour market exercise choice in the housing market within a framework of job determined constraints. These constraints are accompanied by a range of subsidies and benefits which are unavailable to the majority of households. As a consequence it is suggested that this group's housing histories are shaped by qualitatively distinct processes which go beyond the single fact that their earned incomes are relatively large.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)370-403
    Number of pages34
    JournalThe Sociological Review
    Volume35
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 1987

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    sociology
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    Bibliographical note

    Also published as Forrest, R., and Murie, A. (1987) and (2014). The affluent homeowner: Labour-market position and the shaping of housing histories. In N. Thrift and P. Williams (Eds.), Class and space: The making of urban society (pp. 330-359). United Kingdom: Routledge.

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    The affluent home owner : labour market position and the shaping of housing histories. / FORREST, Ray; MURIE, Alan.

    In: The Sociological Review, Vol. 35, No. 2, 01.05.1987, p. 370-403.

    Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

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