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Home Ownership in a Risk Society: A Social Analysis of Mortgage Arrears and Possessions (2001)

Roger Burrows

In Britain in the 1990s households containing almost 1.4 million adults and children had their mortgaged home possessed. A far greater number experienced serious mortgage arrears but managed to avoid possession. The emergence of such levels of unsustainable home ownership has consequences for many areas of social and public policy, including: the economy; public health; social security reform; and family policy.

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