Housing pathways

Clapham (2002, p. 63) defines housing pathways as ‘patterns of interaction (practices) concerning house and home, over time and space’. In opposition to what he refers to as positivist housing studies, the pathway approach does not assume that ‘households have a universal set of preferences and act rationally in their attempts to meet them’ (2005: 29).

Clapham proposes to integrate perspectives on housing careers (Dieleman 2001; Kendig 1984) with Giddens (1991) structuration theory. He argues that the term ‘housing pathway’ is preferable to that of ‘housing career’.