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Title: Privileging the "Objective": Understanding the State's Role in Shaping Housing Aspirations
Author(s): Crawford, Joe
McKee, Kim
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Keywords: housing aspirations, capital accumulation, Bourdieu, state
Issue Date: 2-Jan-2018
Citation: Crawford J & McKee K (2018) Privileging the "Objective": Understanding the State's Role in Shaping Housing Aspirations. Housing, Theory and Society, 35 (1), pp. 94-112.
Abstract: This paper is to be read as one half of a twofold analysis of recent qualitative research on the housing aspirations of the people of Scotland, focusing specifically on the dimension of housing tenure. Moving beyond individual subjective preferences (i.e. what people "consciously" want or desire in relation to housing), this paper draws influence from David Harvey’s historical materialist approach to illustrate the importance of understanding the dialectical relation between objective reality and subjective preferences. We argue that it is by examining the broad homologies between the qualitative data on one hand, and the corresponding epochs of capital accumulation on the other, that important power structures can be made visible, and changes in housing aspirations over time better understood.
DOI Link: 10.1080/14036096.2017.1302989
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