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Chapter 9 The housing careers of younger adults and intergenerational support in Germany’s ‘society of renters’ (Book chapter)

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ISBN: 9780367262822 Year: Pages: 21 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Social Sciences
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Through narrative interviews with younger adults and their parents ,
this paper explores how the housing transitions of younger adults,
both within the rental sector and into homeownership, are shaped
through intergenerational intra-family support in Germany’s
society of renters. Our fi ndings highlight the profound qualitative
diff erences between regular transfers for establishing and retaining
residential independence in the rental sector and inter vivos gifts for
house purchase. Where the former support type is given and taken
unconditionally, transfers for house purchase follow a diff erent
logic and carry diff erent meanings. Being a necessary condition for
property acquisition at young age, they have the power to completely
rebalance family relations and undermine younger adults’ autonomy
accordingly. In an aggregate perspective, our study further suggests
increasing socio-spatial inequalities within the younger generation
which run along both class and spatial origin, sharply dividing the
housing market opportunities of ‘original Berliners’ and those who
have moved to the city from more affl uent regions in Germany.

Chapter 1 Housing careers, intergenerational support and family relations (Book chapter)

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ISBN: 9780367262822 Year: Pages: 14 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Social Sciences
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The home and family have always been mutually embedded, with
the former central to the realization and reproduction of the latter.
More recently, this mutuality has taken on a more critical salience as
realignments in housing markets, employment and welfare states in
many countries have worked together to undermine housing access
for new households. In this context, families have become increasingly
involved in smoothening the routes of young adults members up
the ‘housing ladder’ into home ownership. Intergenerational support
appears to have become much more widespread and not just confi ned
to familialistic welfare regimes. The role of intergenerational support
for housing remains, however, highly diff erentiated across countries,
cities and regions, as well as uneven between social and income
classes. This introduction to the Special Issue explores how the role
of housing wealth transfers has impacted the renegotiation of the
generational contract. In doing so, it sets the scene for the articles
that follow, each of which contribute signifi cantly to advancing
understanding of housing as a key driver of contemporary social
relations and inequalities.

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