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Housing advantage? The role of student renting in the constitution of housing biographies in the United Kingdom

Rugg, J., Ford, J. and Burrows, R. (2004) Housing advantage? The role of student renting in the constitution of housing biographies in the United Kingdom. Journal of Youth Studies, 7 (1). pp. 19-34. ISSN 1367-6261

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Abstract

Research on young people leaving the parental home has tended to focus most closely on charting and explaining the age at which young people leave, and exploring the incidence of returning after a period of living either 'semi-autonomously' or independently. The majority of these studies have been quantitative and fairly static in approach. This paper develops an approach to the topic that is more qualitative in its orientation and that views housing biographies as essentially dynamic. Using primary data from the United Kingdom, the paper constructs five 'ideal' typical housing pathways followed by young people: a chaotic pathway, and unplanned pathway, a constrained pathway, a planned (non-student) pathway, and a student pathway. The paper then gives particular consideration to the characteristics of the student pathway, and compares the experience of students studying away from the parental home with the long-term housing biographies of their non-student peers. The paper concludes that the typical student housing experience—including a supervised leaving of the parental home and a 'sheltered' spell in the private rented sector—constitutes an essential education in housing that enhances the housing and labour opportunities of graduates compared with other young people who have not studied away from the parental home.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Social Policy and Social Work (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2009 15:52
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2009 15:52
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1367626042000209930
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/1367626042000209930
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6961

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