How are contemporary social divisions reinforced through the housing system? How should we understand problems of migration and household displacement? How do gender, sexuality and work shape the experience of the home? This text explores how sociologists should confront many of the most pressing housing issues and related political questions today. With the knowledge that housing debt was key to the most recent global economic crisis, we now understand better than ever how homes are part of the architecture of our economies and -ultimately- of governments' strategies favouring certain social groups while excluding others. Rowland Atkinson and Keith Jacobs offer the first comprehensive overview of a sociology of both housing and the home. They consider the often neglected analysis of housing systems while arguing that the daily centrality of the home places it at an important intersection between theories of the self, society and the state. House, Home and Society equips readers with an international perspective that recognises the range of housing, households and everyday domestic experience today.
Cutting across disciplines, this innovative and thought-provoking text is relevant to students and researchers in sociology, geography, politics and beyond.