Skip to main content

Home space, gender and activism: The visible and the invisible in austere times

Jupp, Eleanor (2017) Home space, gender and activism: The visible and the invisible in austere times. Critical Social Policy, 37 (3). 026101831769321. ISSN 0261-0183. E-ISSN 1461-703X. (doi:10.1177/0261018317693219)

PDF - Author's Accepted Manuscript
Download (326kB) Preview Download (326kB)
Official URL


This paper argues for the centrality of the home in understanding both the impacts of ‘austerity’ in the UK, but also potential activist responses. The article focuses on gendered forms of activism, particularly among low income women. Empirical material is drawn from research with women in different contexts, a network of migrant women in London and a group of community activists in Stoke on Trent, in order to identify three particular registers of home-based and, by extension, community activism, including notions of ‘the everyday’, ‘the inbetween’ and experiences of trauma. There is also a brief discussion of housing activism in contemporary London in order to explore how such analysis might be applied to other forms of organising. There is a call for more sustained consideration of these often hidden forms of activism from researchers in understanding, as well as intervening in, the dynamics of contemporary social policy and governance.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0261018317693219
Uncontrolled keywords: austerity, community, everyday life, home, women
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Eleanor Jupp
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 12:55 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:16 UTC
Resource URI: (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Jupp, Eleanor:
  • Depositors only (login required):


Downloads per month over past year