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A critical analysis of the housing market renewal project, with a special focus on the stakeholder power relations and perceived inequalities and discriminatory practices in a private sector regeneration project

Phethean, CM 2014, A critical analysis of the housing market renewal project, with a special focus on the stakeholder power relations and perceived inequalities and discriminatory practices in a private sector regeneration project , PhD thesis, University of Salford.

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Abstract

The context of this study is a Housing Market Renewal project (HMR) in a South Asian lowincome home-owning community, in a small town in northern England. Its focus is an investigation into perceived inequalities and discriminatory practices in a previously neglected domain. The field work primarily entailed an ethnographic approach and repeated interviews with residents. The study has applied a multi-methodological approach in order to reconceptualize housing-related inequalities and discriminatory practices: realist/contextualist, hermeneutic, and post-structuralist approaches and methods of analysis are deployed. The empirical data fills the epistemological gap that has been identified by academics regarding residents' experiences of dwelling and gives unprecedented voice to those residents who have lived through the experience of HMR. The results of the study indicate that the cultural dynamics of communities are more complex than has hitherto been recognized in the HMR literature which relies on quantitative data sets. From the study results a hypothesis is constructed: the early stages of the community engagement process instigate the conflict and re-configure the community dynamics. The multi-methodological approach reveals how complex is the functioning of the reproductive processes of housing related discrimination. It also identifies complexity in the cycle of disengagement from the regeneration processes. The theory building approach, entailing the application of post structural analysis to the empirical data, has advanced the theoretical understanding of the processes and inhumane consequences of discrimination practices which constrain minority groups from practicing their cultural specific housing needs. The study has developed a dialogical framework to be used by practitioners, in recognition of the complexity of building conceptions of equality into the planning of housing renewal developments. It is recommended that more sophisticated frameworks are developed to improve policies and practices for putting in place culturally sensitive housing provision and addressing the mechanisms of discrimination. Additionally, it is recommended that an ethical framework should be drawn up and agreed by academics working in this field, to address the urgent need for standards of methodological pluralism and rigour in both research design and practice.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: CM Phethean
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2015 16:17
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016 18:18
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/32915

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