Intergenerational family support for ‘Generation Rent’: The family home for socially disengaged young people

Tsun Wong*

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Abstract

This paper critically discusses the concept of intergenerational family support in housing for young people. Recognising increased difficulties faced by the younger generation in the housing market, this paper highlights that support from older family members is increasingly important. Nonetheless, it is critiqued that the role of the family home has been largely ignored in the current “generation rent” discourse. By drawing on recent youth studies debates, this paper argues living in the family home could be an important form of support in housing, especially for marginalised youth. This paper presents insights from qualitative studies in Hong Kong and Scotland and analyses interview accounts of socially disengaged young people. It reflects how remaining at the family home could be interpreted as intergenerational support, and further elicits complexities in expectations, negotiations and emotions involved. This analysis offers new evidence and a more nuanced perspective of intergenerational family support in housing research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalHousing Studies
Volume34
Issue number1
Early online date16 Aug 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

Keywords

  • intergenerational family support
  • youth
  • generation rent
  • disengaged young people
  • family home
  • afforadability

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