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Home, with Michaela Benson

Research output: Exhibits, objects and web-based outputsPodcast

Publication date22/04/2022
Publisherthe Sociological Review
Medium of outputOnline
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Home means something to everyone. More than just bricks and mortar, it’s about security and belonging, citizenship and exclusion. Michaela Benson has researched it all: from the UK’s self-build communities, to people seeking a new lifestyle abroad. She tells Alexis and Rosie about this and her own experience of home, including her mother’s relationship to her place of birth: Hong Kong.

Moreover, Kwame Lowe and Alice Grahame introduce us to the Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS) in London. What does it take to build your own “Grand Design” and why would anyone want to do that? What happens when areas become known as “problem places” and what does gentrification have to do with it? Also, are baby boomers to blame for the housing crisis – and if not, who is?