Assembling Shared Ownership

  • Dave Cowan
  • Helen Carr
  • Alison Wallace
Part of the Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies book series (PSLS)


In this chapter, we draw together our analysis of the key themes of this book around five randomly selected narratives provided by the shared owner buyers we interviewed. In these narratives, complex stories are told about ownership, as “merchants of morality” (Goffman 1956: 253), and about what Paul Watt has described as “selective belonging”, a “spatially uneven sense of belonging and attachment” (2009: 2888; see also Jackson and Benson 2014). They are stories of differentiation, picking up on one of the themes of Chap.  5. They are narratives through which identities are performed and co-constituted with objects around the interviewees’ homes, over time. As Benson and Jackson (2017: 6) put it: “The repeated and reiterative narration of negotiations in relation to housing – triumphs, anxieties and ambivalences – reveal differences in what people have, how they make sense of this and how they cope.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dave Cowan
    • 1
  • Helen Carr
    • 2
  • Alison Wallace
    • 3
  1. 1.School of LawUniversity of BristolBristolUK
  2. 2.Kent Law SchoolUniversity of KentCanterburyUK
  3. 3.Centre for Housing PolicyUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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