Applying theories of social communication to housing law: towards a workable framework

GOODCHILD, B. J. (2001). Applying theories of social communication to housing law: towards a workable framework. Housing studies, 16 (1), 75-95.

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Abstract

Discussions of housing policy generally either ignore housing law or treat it as a passive instrument for policy implementation. More attention needs to be paid to a theoretical analysis of housing law, especially in the light of growing legal regulation. Critical instrumentalism and discourse analysis offer possible alternatives to the usual pragmatic instrumental approach. Critical instrumentalism provides a historical understanding of legal rights and enables a reflection on the role of the law in promoting democratic accountability. Discourse analysis enables a reflection on the use of power and the conditions for the enforcement of the law. Critical instrumentalism and discourse analysis possess internal theoretical debates and also involve contrasting views of society. They may, however, be related to one another in a pragmatic search for a workable analytical framework.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: housing law, legal regulation, planning theory, socio-legal theory
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Identification Number: 10.1080/02673030020015137
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2009
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2013 16:33
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/79

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