Older Social and Private Renters, the Neighbourhood, and Social Connections and Activity
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- Urban Policy and Research, 2012, 30 (1), pp. 43 - 58
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This study explores the social worlds of older renters. Drawing on in-depth interviews and Sen's capability approach, it argues that accommodation costs, security of tenure and the neighbourhood play a pivotal role in shaping the capability of older renters to initiate and sustain social connections and leisure activities. In the case of older private renters, their high rents and constant anxiety around their security of tenure meant that many did not have the capability to engage in leisure activities and were isolated. In contrast, the older social housing interviewees, because of their low rents, guaranteed security of tenure and longevity of residence, usually had the capability to sustain strong social ties and partake in social activities. © 2012 Copyright Editorial Board, Urban Policy and Research.
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