University of St Andrews

Housing in Hard Times: special issue edited by McKee and Muir

Monday 28 May 2012

A new special issue on the theme of Housing in Hard Times: marginality, inequality and class, has been published (online early) by the journal Housing Theory and Society.

Edited by Drs Kim McKee (St Andrews) and Jenny Muir (QUB), the papers were drawn from the successful 2011 Housing Studies Association annual conference which the editors also organised.

The papers examine the impact of economic change on housing policy and related areas, with a specific focus on concepts of class, marginality and inequality to analyse the effects on the most vulnerable members of society, whatever their housing tenure. The intention here was to contribute towards ‘bringing class back in’ to the housing studies mainstream, in the knowledge that, following Kemeny (1988) ideology and power relations dictate research priorities as much as they shape the world outside.

Contributors include:

  • Drs Keith Jacobs (Tasmania) and Tony Manzi (Westminster)
  • Profs Patricia Kennett, Ray Forrest and Alex Marsh (Bristol)
  • Drs Lynn Hancock (Liverpool) and Gerry Mooney (Open University)
  • Prof Ian Cole (Sheffield Hallam)
  • Dr Kirsteen Paton (Glasgow)