Council Estate Discourses: a critical discourse analysis of media and residents

Thomson, Bernice (2018) Council Estate Discourses: a critical discourse analysis of media and residents. PhD thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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The history of council estates, in England, to date spans 100 years. Over this period the societal attitude relating to housing tenure has changed to one which regards home ownership as the norm. Council housing, or social housing as it is now known, once seen as for the respectable working class, has become the place where people with the most social need are housed. This in turn has altered opinions about the residents living on the estates. This thesis, using Critical Discourse Analysis as a methodology, traces the history of working class housing and the political policies that have informed the way it has developed. In addition, collection of discourses, through research and through interviews with people who now live on council estates, has enabled a representation of how people living on the council estates are viewed. Cheltenham in Gloucestershire has been used as a case study area for the purposes of the research and has been compared with the national situation. The harsh reality of the housing crisis existing at the time of completion of this thesis (2018) and the views of current politicians, both local and national, along with the results of this research has informed a summary of the future of how working class housing might progress.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Social housing; Council Housing; Council estates; Stigma; Social change; Housing policy; News media; Cheltenham, England
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2020 15:15
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:24

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