Housing as health capital: How health trajectories and housing paths are linked

Susan J. Smith, Donna Easterlow, Moira Munro, Katrina M. Turner

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    This article explores the relationships between housing and health inequalities. It locates housing within a network of health resources that can either promote well-being or increase susceptibility to disease. Housing thereby contributes to the accumulation, or depletion, of the health capital of individuals and communities. Qualitative interviews in three British regions help specify the links between health capital, on the one hand, and the network of resources, environments, events, institutions, and social relations comprising the housing system, on the other. The findings show why, from a health capital/health-resources-network perspective, a segment of the housing system (owner-occupation) that generally appears therapeutic can have the opposite effect for people whose resilience is low or whose health is in decline.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)501-525
    Number of pages25
    JournalJournal of Social Issues
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2003


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