Homing Devices

Homing Devices : The Poor as Targets of Public Housing Policy and Practice

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Homing Devices is a collection of ethnographies that address the central problem affecting not only the United States but also other developed and developing nations around the globe-affordable housing. These ethnographies cut across national and cultural borders, offering a diverse look at housing policies and practices as well as addressing the problems associated with providing or obtaining affordable housing.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 430.92g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073911302x
  • 9780739113028

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Zeroing (in on) the Powerless: Human Rights and Housing Chapter 3 Re-Envisioning Public Housing: HOPE VI and the U.S. Federal Government's Role in Public Housing Provision Chapter 4 Lead, Arsenic, PAHs, and the Relocation of Home Part 5 Devices of Power: Governing Through Housing Chapter 6 Separate and Unequal: Housing Policy in Action on the Periphery of Our Nation's Capital Chapter 7 "We Came With Truth": Black Women's Struggles Against Public Housing Policy Part 8 Homing In: Power of the State to Define Reality Chapter 9 Building the Glass Box: Developing Public Housing in Suburban Areas Chapter 10 The Emporer's New Clothes: The Rhetoric of Empowerment and the Reality of Relocation Part 11 More than Targets: Marginal People Changing Policy Chapter 12 'We are the First Youth': Participatory Planning in Transitional Housing from Suburban Homeless Youth Chapter 13 Jamming the Meatgrinder World: Lessons Learned from the Tenants Organizing in St. Paul Chapter 14 Expansion and Exclusion in Hong Kong's Squatter Resettlement Program: The Ratchet of Exclusion into Temporary and Interim Housing
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Review quote

This book is a useful toolkit for anyone concerned about the human right to housing, the current war on the poor, and organizing/empowering low income people. Readers will gain new insights into action strategies at the local level. -- Michael Stoops, National Coalition for the Homeless An excellent synthesis of detailed ethnographic research and social critique of current housing policy in the U.S. and globally... Demonstrates how an ethnographic understanding of the lives of those who live in public housing can generate (produce) better and more equitable policy decisions. -- Setha Low, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
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About Mark Schuller

marilyn m. thomas-houston is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies and former Interim Director of the African American Studies Program at the University of Florida. Mark Schuller was formerly the organizer for the St. Paul Tenants Union. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Anthropology Department at University of California, Santa Barbara.
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