Residents speak out: re-appraising home ownership, property rights and place attachment in a risk society

Elliott, Peter and Wadley, David (2013) Residents speak out: re-appraising home ownership, property rights and place attachment in a risk society. Housing Theory and Society, 30 2: 131-155. doi:10.1080/14036096.2012.686452


Author Elliott, Peter
Wadley, David
Title Residents speak out: re-appraising home ownership, property rights and place attachment in a risk society
Journal name Housing Theory and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1403-6096
1651-2278
Publication date 2013-06-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14036096.2012.686452
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 30
Issue 2
Start page 131
End page 155
Total pages 25
Place of publication Posthuset Oslo, Norway
Publisher Taylor and Francis AS
Language eng
Subject 3303 Development
3312 Sociology and Political Science
3322 Urban Studies
Abstract Allied to notions of late modernity, Ulrich Beck's "risk society" has found relevance in light of recent technological and global economic crises. By means of focus group research undertaken in Queensland, Australia, this article explores the relation of such concepts and dislocations to home ownership, property rights and place attachment, asking to what extent home ownership can be seen as a depository and remedy for the consequences of Beckian uncertainty. The findings are that, whereas the Maslovian attributes of safety, security and belongingness continue to be the root of contemporary home ownership, its meaning is elaborated when higher-order concepts such as lifestyle, identity, social capital and trust, and ontological security are entered into the analysis. Moreover, the traditional use value of a home is now intertwined with exchange value, though the latter is interpreted not proactively but more in a defensive sense.
Formatted abstract
Allied to notions of late modernity, Ulrich Beck’s “risk society” has found relevance in light of recent technological and global economic crises. By means of focus group research undertaken in Queensland, Australia, this article explores the relation of such concepts and dislocations to home ownership, property rights and place attachment, asking to what extent home ownership can be seen as a depository and remedy for the consequences of Beckian uncertainty. The findings are that, whereas the Maslovian attributes of safety, security and belongingness continue to be the root of contemporary home ownership, its meaning is elaborated when higher-order concepts such as lifestyle, identity, social capital and trust, and ontological security are entered into the analysis. Moreover, the traditional use value of a home is now intertwined with exchange value, though the latter is interpreted not proactively but more in a defensive sense.
Keyword Risk society
Risk perception
Security
Place attachment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Version of record first published: 23 May 2012.

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