‘Generation rent’ explored in academic’s new book
Dr Quintin Bradley, a Senior Lecturer in Planning & Housing, dissects the issues of ‘generation rent’ in his seven-chapter, 78,500 word publication: ‘The Tenants’ Movement’.
All are welcome to the book launch, which will be held in Room 408 of the Rose Bowl at 4pm on Thursday 4 December.
Speaking about the book Dr Bradley commented: “Tenants are outsiders in a society fixated on home ownership and yet a new ‘generation rent’ finds itself shoe-horned into a private rental sector that is largely unregulated, over-priced, and to a significant extent unfit.
“High quality rented social housing – provided by public bodies, co-operatives and not-for-profit organisations – is severely rationed. The question of how tenants can organise collectively, what their aims should be, and how they can achieve them are pressing matters for these times.”
‘The Tenants Movement’ is the first book of its kind to apply social movement theory to understand the contentious politics of housing today. It introduces the history of tenants’ organisations and their campaigns for more affordable housing. It discusses the rise of tenant participation in social housing and tenants' demands for more democracy in public services. The book reveals a distinctive tenant voice in housing policy and illustrates the resilience of campaigns for a fairer housing system. The book concludes that 'generation rent' will see the growth of a new mass movement demanding affordable housing for all.