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Policy discourse and biography: scripting adulthood into housing policies in comparative perspective
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
2014 (English)In: GeoJournal, ISSN 0343-2521, E-ISSN 1572-9893, Vol. 79, no 4, 513-525 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article compares current Russian and Swedish policy discourses on state commitment to facilitating young adults' access to housing by analyzing national, regional and municipal strategic documents. Both countries previously embraced the idea of housing as a commodified yet universal entitlement and exercised strong public regulation of housing redistribution, but are now establishing selective policies that support young people who comply with prescribed life-course norms. Thus, a life-course trajectory becomes integrated into the policy discourse, and a stable residential autonomy is considered a 'crowning biographical event', following a successful employment record and the establishment of a family unit. Notwithstanding important differences in policy formulation and realization, housing policies in Russia and Sweden are aimed to integrate emerging adults into market relations by increasing housing ownership through credit loans and stimulating individual responsibility for welfare provision.

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2014. Vol. 79, no 4, 513-525 p.
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Political Science Sociology
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Baltic and East European studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-22268DOI: 10.1007/s10708-014-9531-4ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84904982183OAI: diva2:696754
Available from: 2014-02-14 Created: 2014-02-14 Last updated: 2015-01-02Bibliographically approved

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