On Becoming a Social Housing Manager: work identities in an 'Invisible' occupation housing studies

CASEY, Rionach (2008). On Becoming a Social Housing Manager: work identities in an 'Invisible' occupation housing studies. Housing Studies Online, 23 (5), 761-780.

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Link to published version:: https://doi.org/10.1080/02673030802254556


Social housing in Britain is managed by a large grouping of 'housing managers', an occupational label which is viewed as unproblematic by most housing academics, and therefore, is largely taken for granted. Urban sociologists posit that a collective identity is crucial to professional status, and hence have been sceptical of housing managers' prospects of furthering their aims collectively. The paper departs from this focus on the collective endeavours of housing management as a profession to examine how housing managers themselves create and present self-identities. Specifically, it argues that housing managers use the lack of a collective identity as an opportunity to manage the 'spoiled identity' of being in an 'invisible' and marginalised profession. In doing so, they construct individualised occupational trajectories which bear little relation to the domain professionalism of more established occupations.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/02673030802254556
Page Range: 761-780
Depositing User: Sarah Ward
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2011 15:09
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2021 00:31
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3430

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