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Donoghue, Jeremy David (2005) Citizenship rights and housing tenure. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This research analyses Australian understandings of citizenship in the context of
different housing tenures. The thesis combines the theoretical work of Marshall
and Mannheim to address variations and tensions in citizenship. Variations in the
understanding and practice of citizenship among homeowners, homebuyers,
private renters and social housing tenants are examined using both quantitative
and qualitative research methods.
The research highlights the relationship between citizens in different housing
tenures to several key aspects of modern citizenship: membership, participation
and security in their local community. The opportunities for citizens to actively
participate, achieve a sense of membership and feeling of security within their local
community are examined. The thesis contrasts the different understandings and
experience of financially independent homeowners and homebuyers with citizens
in both social and private rental housing. The analysis identifies tensions and
ideals around the notions of a 'good citizen' and civic virtue. The value of the
Australian 'dream' of home ownership is also explored.
The main conclusions are that private renters experience less security and
membership than public tenants, homeowners or purchasers in terms of their
housing rights and engagement with the local community. Homeownership is
strongly equated with notions of security and reflects higher levels of formal civic
participation in charitable organisations than people in other tenures, including
homebuyers. Homebuyers are focused on work and professional related activities
and sport rather than charitable or community work. The strong feelings of
tenure-based security among public tenants do not translate into high levels of
formal civic participation, rather the opposite, although it does foster informal
cultural activities and identification with the local community in contrast to private
renters. These findings suggest that more substantive research needs to be
undertaken into the 'benefits' of private rental and home purchase schemes to
demonstrate the effectiveness of current housing policy in 'deepening' the quality
of community life.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Housing
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Available for library use only and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (PhD)--University of Tasmania, 2006. Includes bibliographical references

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Last Modified: 29 Jun 2016 05:36
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