The politics of housing consumption: Renters as flawed consumers on a master planned estate

Cheshire, Lynda, Walters, Peter and Rosenblatt, Ted (2010) The politics of housing consumption: Renters as flawed consumers on a master planned estate. Urban Studies, 47 12: 2597-2614. doi:10.1177/0042098009359028

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Author Cheshire, Lynda
Walters, Peter
Rosenblatt, Ted
Title The politics of housing consumption: Renters as flawed consumers on a master planned estate
Journal name Urban Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0042-0980
Publication date 2010-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0042098009359028
Volume 47
Issue 12
Start page 2597
End page 2614
Total pages 18
Place of publication London, England, U.K.
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Master planned estates offer package dreams of homeownership to those wanting to live among others who share their lifestyle aspirations. Yet we show in this paper how divisions can arise between housing tenure types, with owner-occupiers constructing private rental tenants as a problem. Extending Bauman’s concept of the flawed consumer using Rose’s writings on ethopolitics, we show how renters are viewed as failing in three domains of social life: aesthetics, ethics and community by undermining the aesthetic value of the neighbourhood and by failing to demonstrate an ethic of care for themselves and others. As a result, the homeowners in this study try to avoid living among rental properties and are disappointed to find that, contrary to expectations, moving to a master planned estate does not guarantee this.
Keyword Private rental sector
Home ownership
governance
Prejudice
security
risk
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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