House price inflation in the news: a critical discourse analysis of newspaper coverage in the UK

Munro, M. (2018) House price inflation in the news: a critical discourse analysis of newspaper coverage in the UK. Housing Studies, 33(7), pp. 1085-1105. (doi: 10.1080/02673037.2017.1421911)

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In the UK, house prices have been rising over a long period, notwithstanding the disruption caused by the financial crisis, creating growing concerns about affordability particularly for younger households, while existing owners continue to enjoy windfall wealth gains. This paper uses critical discourse analysis to examine how these competing interests with respect to house price rises are represented in popular discourse. It systematically analyses newspaper coverage, comparing two time periods, one relatively stable and the second a period of rising house prices. This analysis exposes the powerful influence of industry insiders in creating the discourse of the housing market news, and how price rises are positioned as both beneficial and the ‘natural order’. Analysing the metaphoric representations of housing markets allows a closer interrogation of the ideological construct that associates a ‘healthy’ housing market as one of continuous price rises and shows how these discourses are deeply embedded, in ways that limit the scope for imagining an alternative house market functioning.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Munro, Professor Moira
Authors: Munro, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Housing Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1466-1810
Published Online:22 January 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
First Published:First published in Housing Studies 33(7): 1085-1105
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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