Affluence, Mobility and Second Home Ownership (Housing and by Chris Paris

By Chris Paris

Despite the present recession, the frequency of moment domestic possession continues to be unusually excessive through the western global. whereas the united kingdom and eire formerly had reduce occurrences of a number of dwellings in comparison to the remainder of Europe, they're fast catching up with a present surge within the possession of moment houses. the new MP bills scandal within the united kingdom has additionally drawn recognition to the superiority of moment houses (or extra) in the heart sessions, and the truth that the idea that is changing into more and more popular.

Chris Paris makes use of this article to deal with the explanations at the back of why moment houses have gotten extra renowned, either in the traditional home of the participants, and in nations. The socioeconomic elements and historic contexts of houses in cultures internationally are basic to explaining the alternatives in transnational domestic possession, and Paris’ case stories and comparisons among extra houses in Europe, Australia, the United States and Asia extend upon the inducement for individuals to possess a moment domestic.

Affluence, Mobility and moment domestic Ownership attracts jointly debates on gentrification, globalisation, consumerism, environmental components and funding to supply a balanced examine the professionals, and cons, of moment domestic possession, and what implications it has for the long run. a terrific textual content for college students learning geography, urbanism and making plans, this e-book can also be of curiosity to members drawn to the altering ways that we make offerings on our areas of place of abode.

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Kemeny (1995: 297) noted that many ­urban-­dwelling Swedes ‘inherit the family country house or cottage and use it as a second home’ and that others acquire second homes near their areas of origin to retain and sustain family and kinship networks. There is also growing ownership of second homes in countries of origin by people who themselves, or whose parents, migrated elsewhere, typically as economic migrants. For example, many British people of ­Afro-­Caribbean descent buy homes on Caribbean islands, often with a view of eventually retiring there.

Charles defines ­hyper-­consumption as ‘a consumption which absorbs and integrates greater and greater portions of social life’, driven by ‘an emotional and hedonistic logic which makes everyone consume first and foremost for their own pleasure rather than out of rivalry with others’. Other commentators on wealth and affluence have emphasised the growth of mass ‘luxury’ consumption (Brooks, 2005). One implication of these arguments is that in addition to being investment items, second homes can be objects of desired consumption purely for the sake of consumption by the individuals and households consuming them.

Everywhere the speed of operations and exchanges is accelerating; time is short and becomes a problem looming at the heart of new social conflicts. The ability to choose your time, flexitime, leisure time, the time of youth, the time of the elderly and the very old: hypermodernity has multiplied divergent temporalities. (Lipovetsky, 2005: 35; emphasis added). Commenting on Lipovetsky’s work, Charles (2005:11) suggested that contemporary societies contain signs of ­hyper-­consumption transcending even the narcissistic individualism of the 1980s.

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