Using genre to understand healthy housing provisions

Liam Grealy

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Healthy housing provisions promise to ensure housing quality and thereby improve residents’ health outcomes. Following the proliferation of such policies across numerous national contexts, this article uses theories of genre to understand healthy housing provisions as a particular textual class, with recognisable formal features and common requirements of social actors for their implementation. The tools of genre studies are appropriated to support policy development and comparative analyses of healthy housing policies, with attention paid to the production of generic components in relation to particular contexts. This article takes established healthy homes standards in New Zealand and ongoing efforts in New Orleans, Louisiana, to establish a healthy housing register as case studies. The case studies both exemplify how theories of genre can elucidate features of housing policy and represent the political, institutional, and technical work required to develop and administer effective healthy housing provisions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Housing Policy
Issue number1
Early online date2021
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes


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