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The social construction of housing management

Housing Studies

Author: Franklin, B., Clapham, D.
Year: 1997
Type: Journal Article


Although housing management as an occupational role has existed for over a century it has never received an adequate definition, and its scope and emphasis have varied over time. This paper locates housing management within the debates on the nature of the professions and bureaucracy and suggests that these analyses are inadequate. It is proposed that a more fruitful approach in understanding the nature of housing management is derived from a consideration of its social construction. In support of this, interpretation material from other qualitative emprical research with practitioners is presented and analysed. Key respondents were identified as people working at the boundaries of housing management such as in a caring or support role since it was felt that the perceptions of such boundaries were important in defining the limits of housing management. In conclusion it is suggested that this is a critical moment for housing management in terms of achieving a more rigorous definition of its activities and of seekiung to resolve the conflict between the pressures to organise around commercial objectives and to provide a welfare service.

Further Details

Publish Dates Jan 1997
Full Title Housing Studies
Pages 7-26
Volume 12
Issue 1
Accession Number 29.11.02
Research Notes Electronic copy added 24/07/2013
Keywords housing improvementsemanticstheoryanalysissupport systems

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