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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The Precarity of Young People's Housing Experiences in a Rural Context
Author(s): McKee, Kim
Hoolachan, Jennifer E
Moore, Tom
Keywords: youth
private rent
labour markets
Issue Date: 3-Apr-2017
Citation: McKee K, Hoolachan JE & Moore T (2017) The Precarity of Young People's Housing Experiences in a Rural Context. Scottish Geographical Journal, 133 (2), pp. 115-129.
Abstract: Young people’s housing, economic and labour market circumstances have become increasingly insecure due to the combined effects of the 2007/2008 economic crisis, neoliberal welfare reforms, rising costs of higher education and the shortage of affordable housing. Discussions of young peoples’ experiences in these domains have largely neglected their spatial variability but evidence suggests that young people living in rural parts of the UK have distinctive experiences of housing, which are closely connected to labour markets and educational opportunities. By drawing on qualitative data from young people and housing professionals, this article explores some of these rural distinctions and frames them within theoretical debates about the ‘precariat’. It argues for a more theoretically informed and geographically nuanced understanding of contemporary housing issues as rural youth potentially face greater precarity than their urban peers.
DOI Link: 10.1080/14702541.2017.1321136
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Scottish Geographical Journal on 19 May 2017, available online:

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