Gender, class and home ownership: placing the connections

Robyn Dowling

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This paper contributes to understandings of how gender interacts with the social class implications of home ownership. It is argued that the connections between gender, class and home ownership have only been partially elaborated, and suggested that a more specific focus on identity and the socio-spatial context facilitates a more complex potrayal of these connections. Using material from in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 60 men and omen in two neighbourhoods in Vancouver, British Columbia, it will be demonstrated that, contrary to common expectations, home ownership is an important component of both middle-class masculinity and middle-class femininity. However, there is no singular or linear connection between gender, class and home. Instead, there is conflict between familial and status expressions of home conflict that varies for men and women and according to geographical location.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-486
Number of pages16
JournalHousing Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1998


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