Housing has become a hot topic. The media is filled with stories of individual housing hardship and of major property-related financial crises: of crippling personal debts, rundown social housing, homelessness, mass demolition, spiralling prices, unaffordability and global recession.
This book links all of these through a radical analysis that puts housing at the heart of critical economic and political debate. The authors show that these problems arise from the fact that houses are no longer seen primarily as homes for living in, but rather as a source of profit.
Case studies from the UK, the US and other western countries are set into a overview of how housing has changed over the last few decades. The book also examines campaigns for better housing and explores possibilities for a different approach to this most fundamental of human needs.
Sarah Glynn is a social and political geographer working at the University of Edinburgh. She is interested in housing, social exclusion and multiculturalism and the editor of Where the Other Half Lives (Pluto, 2009).
Preface and Acknowledgements Introduction Part I - Housing and Neoliberalism 1. If public housing didn't exist we'd have to invent it 2. Neoliberalism's Home Front 3. Regeneration as a wooden horse Part II - Case Studies: real lives and real estate 4. From Popular Capitalism to Third Way Modernisation: the example of Leeds, England Stuart Hodkinson 5. Getting rid of the ugly bits: the myth and reality of regeneration in Dundee, Scotland - Sarah Glynn 6. The Politics Of Housing Under France's New Right - Corinne Nativel 7. Circumventing Circumscribed Neoliberalism: The 'system switch' in Swedish housing Eric Clark & Karin Johnson 8. Market Rules: Neo-liberal Housing Policy in New Zealand - Laurence Murphy 9. Going once, going twice: a short history of public housing in Australia - Peter Phibbs and Peter Young 10. Destroyed by HOPE: Public housing, neoliberalism, and progressive housing activism in the US - Jason Hackworth 11. Political marginalization, misguided nationalism and the destruction of Canada's social housing systems - Jason Hackworth Part III - The Way Forward: strategy and tactics 12. Fighting Back: lessons from 100 years of housing campaigns 13. Homes for Today and Tomorrow About the authors Index