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Self-Build Homes: Social Discourse, Experiences and Directions

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Edited by Michaela Benson and Iqbal Hamiduddin | December 2017

Format: 234 x 156mm
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ISBN: 978‑1‑911576‑87‑7
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ISBN: 978‑1‑911576‑90‑7
Pages: 316

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About the book

Self-Build Homes connects the burgeoning interdisciplinary research on self-build with commentary from leading international figures in the self-build and wider housing sector. Through their focus on community, dwelling, home and identity, the chapters explore the various meanings of self-build housing, encouraging new directions for discussions about self-building and calling for the recognition of the social dimensions of this process, from consideration of the structures, policies and practices that shape it, through to the lived experience of individuals and households.

This volume comes at a time of renewed focus from policy managers and practitioners, as well as prospective builders themselves, on self-build as a means for producing homes that are more stylised, affordable and appropriate for the specific needs of households.

About the editors

Michaela Benson is Reader in Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London. She has a longstanding interest in the intersections of space, society and the individual, and is known for her contributions to understanding privileged migration, the micro-geographies of home, belonging and place-making practices.

Iqbal Hamiduddin is Lecturer in Transport Planning and Housing, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. He is particularly interested in the production of new sustainable settlements and urban quarters, and collaborative models of self-build