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Defining Social Housing: A Discussion on the Suitable Criteria
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8036-2161
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5830-3432
2018 (English)In: Housing, Theory and Society, ISSN 1403-6096, E-ISSN 1651-2278, p. 1-18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The term social housing has been characterized as a “floating signifier”, i.e. a term with no agreed-upon meaning. The lack of a definition often leads to misunderstandings, rather than constructive dialogue on the advantages and disadvantages of such a system. The aim of this article is to contribute to clarity by providing a discussion on the potential defining criteria of social housing and suggesting a definition of the concept. Definitions of the term social housing and descriptions of European social housing systems used in the last eight years will be presented and discussed. Five potential defining criteria derived from the literature are evaluated as to their sufficiency and necessity for a definition.

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Taylor & Francis, 2018. p. 1-18
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Social housing; housing policy; social policy; the EU; Sweden
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Social Sciences
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Real Estate and Construction Management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-227647DOI: 10.1080/14036096.2018.1459826Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85046641453OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-227647DiVA, id: diva2:1204938
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Available from: 2018-05-09 Created: 2018-05-09 Last updated: 2018-06-13Bibliographically approved

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