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Conceptualising home : theories, laws and policies.

Fox, L. (2006) 'Conceptualising home : theories, laws and policies.', Oxford: Hart Publishing.


It is difficult to overstate the everyday importance of home in law. Home provides the backdrop for our lives, and is often the scene or the subject of legal disputes. In addition, in recent decades there has been growing academic interest in the meaning of home, which has promoted empirical studies and theoretical exploration in wide range of disciplines. Yet, while the authenticity of home as a social, psychological, cultural and emotional phenomenon has been recognised in ither disciplines, it has not penetrated the legal domain, where the proposition that home can encapsulate meanings beyond the physical structure of the house, or the capital value it represents, continues to present conceptual difficulties. This book focuses on the competing interests of creditors who lend money against the security of the property and the occupiers who dwell in the property, in the context of possession actions. By mapping the concept of home as it has evolved in other disciplines against existing legal frameworks, Conceptualising Home examines the possibilities for developing a coherent concept of home in law.

Item Type:Book
Additional Information:Sample chapter deposited. Chapter 3: 'Balancing creditors’ claims against 'home' interests', pp.124-200.
Keywords:Home, Socio-legal, Creditors, Occupiers, Repossession.
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Last Modified:10 Aug 2011 15:20

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