Housing and homelessness

  • Pat Young
Part of the Macmillan Master Series book series


People need shelter from the environment in the same way as they need food, as a condition for survival. Housing is also a precondition for many other aspects of life, such as raising children. Housing is a political issue in that it reflects ideas about the way society should be organised. For example, housing can be seen as a social service, provided by the state, or as an area of life to be left to private individuals and free enterprise. Houses can be owned communally, by individuals or by various social groups. The size of buildings reflects ideas about ideal social groupings. For instance, in this society at this time most housing is designed for occupation by a man, a woman and a small number of children.


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