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Discourses about Australian social housing, social exclusion and employment: indications of the post welfare state?

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Arthurson, K and Jacobs, K (2008) Discourses about Australian social housing, social exclusion and employment: indications of the post welfare state? Housing Theory and Society, 25 (3).

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Abstract

The dynamic between housing policy and wider welfare reform has been an important theme within housing scholarship. As a background this paper considers Jamrozik’s contention of a transition in social policy from a welfare state to a post welfare paradigm through exploring the impact of ideological discourses for contemporary Australian social housing policy. Our approach combines an analysis of the discourses of social exclusion in two key housing policy documents and interviews with social housing tenants and professionals in South Australia. The analysis serves to illustrate the ways in which contemporary housing policy reflects and is shaped by competing ideological discourses. In particular, it makes explicit how the foundational discourses shaping Australian housing policy has changed considerably over recent years, reflecting, to a large extent, the influence of neo-liberal ideologies on the operation of government policy making.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Housing Theory and Society
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1080/14036090801939828
Additional Information: The definitive published version is available online at: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals
Date Deposited: 26 May 2008 02:43
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:41
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/6545
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