The definition of housing problems:
myths, discursive space and institutional practices
As many authors point out, widely accepted definitions of a problem often rely on discourses and myths which draw on tradition and take disputable knowledge for granted. Indeed, in order to analyse policy responses, it is important to understand the problems to which policies intend to respond. The article aims to reflect upon the definition and construction of housing problems, through examples taken from English and American literature, and argues that this approach could become – without living out the more traditional ones – an important focus of attention, also within the Italian national context.