Where the Other Half Lives

Where the Other Half Lives : Lower Income Housing in a Neoliberal World

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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 demolitions, spiralling prices, unaffordability and the 'credit crunch'. This book links all these together 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 theoretical and historical overview of how housing has changed over several decades. The book also examines campaigns for better housing and explores possibilities for a different approach to this most fundamental of human needs.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 134 x 212 x 22mm | 421.84g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 24 photos, 6 line drawings
  • 0745328571
  • 9780745328577
  • 865,393

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Author Information

Sarah Glynn is a Public Interest Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde and a practising architect.

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To feel secure people, particularly families, need good well maintained housing, where they know they can live without fear of having to leave. Our society has consistently failed to provide this. We are told the market will be the answer, but it isn't. I hope this book will explain why, and point the way to a socially responsible economy. -- Ken Loach This book is a brilliant, compulsive and passionately written case for the continued importance of council housing, without means testing, mixed tenure or Methodists, and it should be read by anyone interested in the subject. -- Mute Magazine At last, a cross-national treatment - theoretical as well as empirical - of how neoliberalism has impacted housing policies and programs, and their effects on us all -- Chester Hartman, Director of Research at the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in Washington, DC and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at George Washington University. Where the Other Half Lives is a timely and opportune book. ... It provides a concise introduction to and a trenchant and impassioned critique of four decades of neoliberal housing policy; it challenges many of the invidious shibboleths of present-day development programmes ... and begins the debate about alternatives based on the principles of equity and social justice. -- Professor Joe Doherty, Centre for Housing Research, University of St Andrews Forcing councils to privatise and failing both to build social housing on a big scale or regenerate the estates has been the worst failure of our Labour government. Sarah Glynn and her contributors demonstrate the neoliberal legacy behind this and show the damage it inflicted on society. I hope Labour can learn from this analysis. -- Austin Mitchell MP, Chair of the House of Commons Council Housing Group This book demonstrates how neo-liberal policy makers have presented cities with a 'false choice' between degeneration ... It criticises the short-sightedness of policies of state-sponsored gentrification and the structural inequalities ... This is a very readable and robust account of recent urban policy and its critical edge will no doubt challenge and enlighten its readers. -- Professor Loretta Lees, Department of Geography in the School of Science and Public Policy, King's College London.

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