The ‘Responsible’ Tenant and the Problem of Apathy


McKee K (2009) The ‘Responsible’ Tenant and the Problem of Apathy. Social Policy and Society, 8 (01), p. 25.

In the last decade, the UK New Labour government has emphasised tenant participation in housing policy. Consequently, those individuals who decide to opt out of participation processes have been problematised as ‘apathetic’, and identified as needing to be ‘empowered’ through professional interventions. Drawing on research about community ownership in Glasgow, this paper argues that tenants' reasons for not getting involved are more than simply lack of interest. Tenants articulated an instrumental approach to participation, and rejected the conflation of tenant participation with tenant management. Practical barriers also obstructed their latent motivation.

I don't know when it was accepted. Already available open access in the repository of my previous employer (St Andrews)

Social Policy and Society: Volume 8, Issue 01

FundersEconomic and Social Research Council
Publication date31/01/2009
Publication date online10/12/2008
Date accepted by journal01/01/2008
PublisherCambridge University Press (CUP)

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