Can Self-Build Housing improve Social Sustainability within Low-Income Groups?

Obremski, Helena and Carter, Claudia E. (2019) Can Self-Build Housing improve Social Sustainability within Low-Income Groups? Town Planning Review, 90 (2). ISSN 0041-0020 (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper explores how affordable communal self-build housing affects levels of social cohesion, social capital and participation amongst low-income community members. Thematic analysis of in-depth interviews with members of five low-cost self-build communities in England and Wales elicited that through a shared vision and sustained common sense of purpose, high levels of social capital and participation were evident at the start of the projects, and can continue into later phases. However, without a formal social structure and continued shared visioning within self-build housing communities, social cohesion was found to deteriorate with negative consequences for participation, and in some cases showing a lack of social cohesion or leading to conflict.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: social sustainability, social cohesion, social capital, participation, affordable housing, self-build housing, low-income groups
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
L700 Human and Social Geography
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Resilient Environments
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA13: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Depositing User: Claudia Carter
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2018 15:15
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2018 15:15
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6636

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