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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: 'Generation rent' and the ability to 'settle down': economic and geographical variation in young people's housing transitions
Author(s): Hoolachan, Jennifer
McKee, Kim
Moore, Tom
Soaita, Adriana Mihaela
Keywords: youth
private rent
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2017
Citation: Hoolachan J, McKee K, Moore T & Soaita AM (2017) 'Generation rent' and the ability to 'settle down': economic and geographical variation in young people's housing transitions. Journal of Youth Studies, 20 (1), pp. 63-78.
Abstract: The term 'Generation Rent' denotes young people who are increasingly living in the private rented sector for longer periods of their lives because they are unable to access homeownership or social housing. Drawing on qualitative data from two studies with young people and key-actors, this paper considers the phenomenon of 'Generation Rent' from the perspective of youth transitions and the concept of ‘home’. These frameworks posit that young people leaving the parental home traverse housing and labour markets until they reach a point of 'settling down'. However, our data indicate that many young people face difficulties in this 'settling' process as they have to contend with insecure housing, unstable employment and welfare cuts which often force them to be flexible and mobile. This leaves many feeling frustrated as they struggle to remain fixed in place in order to 'settle down' and benefit from the positive qualities of home. Taking a Scottish focus, this paper further highlights the geographical dimension to these challenges and argues that those living in expensive and/or rural areas may find it particularly difficult to settle down.
DOI Link: 10.1080/13676261.2016.1184241
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Youth Studies on 10 May 2016, available online:

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