From castle to cage: what to do about the housing crisis?

Bendell, Jem (2015) From castle to cage: what to do about the housing crisis? openDemocracy website .

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Abstract

"An Englishman's home is his castle”. The phrase originates from 17th century England, when it referred to the principle of being able to refuse entry to your home. If you are browsing this article from home right now, you might question if that principle is particularly well applied in a time of mass surveillance. But today, when we say a person’s house is their castle it is usually to suggest that it is natural for us to buy a house – particularly if we are British. The implication is that we won’t feel safe and secure, certainly not prosperous, unless we own a home. This emotional connection to home ownership is something that politicians can be keen to connect to. Yet recent evidence shows unrestrained mechanisms for home ownership are actually an enemy of our prosperity.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: openDemocracy website
Publisher: openDemocracy
Departments: Institute for Leadership and Sustainability
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 16 May 2016 14:28
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2017 02:19
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2179

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