Life course

Holland, Caroline and Peace, Sheila (2012). Life course. In: Smith, Susan J ed. International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home. Elsevier, pp. 163–168.



In the domestic environment, the physical and social aspects of housing meet the psychosocial construct of home. Within recognisable patterns of the production and consumption of housing, individuals therefore experience home(s) in different ways, according to their own biographies. The stages of human growth, development, and decline reflected in personal biographies have been used to bring a life-course perspective to the understanding of housing and home. This article describes the life-course perspective in housing, which is primarily based on earlier research and theoretical writing from Europe and North America and on data from a study in the United Kingdom.

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