Regulating home: A case study

Dave Cowan, Barbara Hardy

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)peer-review


In this article, we draw on recent scholarship on home, property, and regulation to develop an idea of home as being co-constituted by, and through, three different types of regulation – regulation of the self, regulation of life, and regulation as enforcement. We demonstrate how a focus on the mundane in regulation, as opposed to the spectacular, impacts on the making and unmaking of home in this context. Rather than draw on traditional housing tenures to make our point, we seek to de-dramatise the relationship between home and tenure (ownership or renting) by drawing on a case study of a particular type of owned but precarious housing – those living in boats on a canal in England, subject to the regulatory requirement of being “continuous cruisers”. We demonstrate how these different forms of regulation affect their everyday lives around their homes, in quite visceral ways, and suggest that these effects are likely to be reflected in other tenures.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalHousing, Theory and Society
Early online date1 Nov 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Nov 2019


  • Home
  • Regulation
  • Canal
  • Boats

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Regulating home: A case study'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this