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A Few Theses on the Political Economy of Housing Provision

Analyses of housing provision are still not an integral part of understanding how social systems work and are too often sidelined in social science research. Far too frequently, they are left to studies that focus mostly on technical questions of quantity and quality of housing while a more holistic grasp of housing provision is neglected. The main purpose of the article is to show the necessity of housing provision analyses for understanding how societies are structured, since housing provision is one of main areas of social organization. In the article, the author focuses on how solutions to the housing question influence the economy, state, and social relations in neoliberalism. The author shows how the housing system has contributed to the reorganization of society in the direction of strengthening market mechanisms and how it helped to establish the material conditions for the development of neoliberal subjectivities. The housing question thus becomes more than just a question of provision of suitable homes and becomes a question of the way societies work and how daily life is organized. When considered through this perspective, the question ceases to be technical and moves to the realm of the social and the political.


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Issue No. 273 - Degrowth / Housing Policies
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2018 , volume volume 46 , issue issue 273
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