‘Generation rent’ and the emotions of private renting: self-worth, status and insecurity amongst low income renters

McKee, K., Soaita, A. M. and Hoolachan, J. (2020) ‘Generation rent’ and the emotions of private renting: self-worth, status and insecurity amongst low income renters. Housing Studies, 35(8), pp. 1468-1487. (doi: 10.1080/02673037.2019.1676400)

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The UK private-rented sector is increasingly accommodating a diverse range of households, many of whom are young people struggling to access other forms of housing. For those at the bottom end of the sector, who typically have limited economic resources, it is a precarious housing tenure due to its expense and insecurity, yet few studies have explored qualitatively the emotional consequences of this for well-being. We address this gap in the ‘generation rent’ literature by focusing attention on those voices that have been less prominent in the literature. Informed by the theoretical lens of ‘residential alienation’, our study illustrates the emotional toll of private renting upon low-income groups in a national context where state regulation is more limited. In doing so, we add nuance to the literature surrounding socio-economic differentiation within the UK private-rented sector. Our arguments are also relevant to an international audience given global concerns about housing precarity and the politics of housing.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was jointly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (ES/P008852/1).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Soaita, Dr Adriana Mihaela
Authors: McKee, K., Soaita, A. M., and Hoolachan, J.
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:05 November 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Author(s)
First Published:First published in Housing Studies 35(8):1468-1487
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
300119UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE)Kenneth GibbEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/P008852/1S&PS - Urban Studies