The Precarity of Young People's Housing Experiences in a Rural Context



McKee K, Hoolachan JE & Moore T (2017) The Precarity of Young People's Housing Experiences in a Rural Context. Scottish Geographical Journal, 133 (2), pp. 115-129.

Young people’s housing, economic and labour market circumstances have become increasingly insecure due to the combined effects of the 2007/2008 economic crisis, neoliberal welfare reforms, rising costs of higher education and the shortage of affordable housing. Discussions of young peoples’ experiences in these domains have largely neglected their spatial variability but evidence suggests that young people living in rural parts of the UK have distinctive experiences of housing, which are closely connected to labour markets and educational opportunities. By drawing on qualitative data from young people and housing professionals, this article explores some of these rural distinctions and frames them within theoretical debates about the ‘precariat’. It argues for a more theoretically informed and geographically nuanced understanding of contemporary housing issues as rural youth potentially face greater precarity than their urban peers.

youth; housing; rural; private rent; labour markets; precariat

Scottish Geographical Journal: Volume 133, Issue 2

FundersLeverhulme Trust and Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland
Publication date03/04/2017
Publication date online19/05/2017
Date accepted by journal14/03/2017
PublisherInforma UK Limited

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Dr Kim McKee

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