This book provides a comprehensive investigation of housing issues for disabled people from a social model perspective. Documenting historical and current trends, it looks at policy, barriers to housing options and meanings of 'home'. Such a review is crucial to understanding the varying housing needs and desires of disabled people, particularly in the current economic climate. The book is a practical resource for housing policy makers and practitioners, and will be of interest to academics and students in the field.
Laura Hemingway is Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, UK. She has taught and researched in the areas of housing and disability since 2003.
Introduction; Housing policy and disability: from past to present; Understanding disability: from 'personal tragedy' to social disadvantage; Housing tenure, supply and the physical environment; The role of attitudes and assumptions; Affordability issues; A holistic view of the meaning of 'home'; Housing, disability and revisiting the social model.
"The book vividly highlights the sheer complexity of issues that disabled people encounter in trying to navigate the housing system." Journal of Social Policy
"It succeeds in bringing together housing and disability studies literature and draws upon [the author's] personal research and stands out as the most up-to-date publication of its type." Housing Studies
"A key weakness in the literature on housing and ‘difference’ has long been the lack of a thorough and systematic overview of contemporary housing and disability concerns. This important book tackles that gap, and is likely to prove essential reading for a wide range of practitioners, researchers and students." Malcolm Harrison, University of Leeds
"This book raises important issues and concerns about current housing policies and practices encountered by increasing numbers of disabled people. It is essential reading for students, researchers, policy makers, professionals, disabled people and disability organisations." Colin Barnes, University of Leeds