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About crowding: How the size of our dwellings became a welfare problem
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
2013 (English)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 50, no 3-4, 199-222 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Housing policy documents have traditionally been studied by political scientists, resulting in a lack of interest in the private aspects of housing policy. Hence, this paper uses the example of crowding standards to examine how a previously private matter, the size of our dwelling, became a concern of the state. Official governmental documents are analyzed with the help of discourse theory, working on the supposition that the need of the population and the framing of a problem changes over time. The first official standard of crowding, formulated in 1946 argue for larger dwelling size in order to increase the size and quality of the Swedish population. The second standard, formulated in 1965, is based on the assumption that the population, defined as consumers, demands larger sized homes. The final standard, formulated in 1975, claims that larger sized homes is a social right.

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2013. Vol. 50, no 3-4, 199-222 p.
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Housing policy, welfare state, crowding, historical discourse, need
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-240189ISI: 000345492600002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-240189DiVA: diva2:776066
Available from: 2015-01-06 Created: 2015-01-06 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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