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When used in a purely legal sense, rights can function to shore up existing structures and relationships without questioning them If the right to housing is merely a right to be incorporated into the residential status quo, without changing the present methods of distributing the benefits and costs of housing, then it is a weak right indeed Such a right would remain silent about the social conflicts at the heart of housing politics The vast bulk of the legal edifice that shapes access to hou When used in a purely legal sense, rights can function to shore up existing structures and relationships without questioning them If the right to housing is merely a right to be incorporated into the residential status quo, without changing the present methods of distributing the benefits and costs of housing, then it is a weak right indeed Such a right would remain silent about the social conflicts at the heart of housing politics The vast bulk of the legal edifice that shapes access to housing exists to protect the rights of property owners A right to housing that does not challenge and change the current housing system would either be unenforceable to at best end up as a state subsidy for landlords This is the best recent text on housing issues I ve read in a while Marcuse thoroughly explains the commodification, deregulation, and financialization of housing There are plenty of stats to illustrate how the better off are using real estate as an investment strategy, while the worse off have seen housing prices go up as wages have stagnated or gone down creating things like the NYC phenomenon of a near empty luxury building located a block from an overcrowded, dilapidated building.What se This is the best recent text on housing issues I ve read in a while Marcuse thoroughly explains the commodification, deregulation, and financialization of housing There are plenty of stats to illustrate how the better off are using real estate as an investment strategy, while the worse off have seen housing prices go up as wages have stagnated or gone down creating things like the NYC phenomenon of a near empty luxury building located a block from an overcrowded, dilapidated building.What sets Marcuse apart from other writers on this subject is that he does a great job of ripping apart popular fixes for this issue, like home ownership In a nutshell, homeownership links those who can least afford to lose money, especially with shrinking wages and precarious retirement savings, with those who use real estate solely as a commodity, thus exacerbating the problem The book ends with a call for transformative demands to end the commodification of housing I could easily write a loton this book, but I d end up typing all day Read it It s really good For some time I have been searching for a thoughtful, balanced, pragmatic critique of U.S housing policies Unfortunately, this was not it While it makes a small handful of strong ish points, it overwhelmingly is filled with dated, blindly ideological, ivory tower diatribe so disconnected from anything real or actionable It is particularly loose with facts and numbers for instance, citing that the number of homeless in New York is higher than during the Great Depression, which may be tr For some time I have been searching for a thoughtful, balanced, pragmatic critique of U.S housing policies Unfortunately, this was not it While it makes a small handful of strong ish points, it overwhelmingly is filled with dated, blindly ideological, ivory tower diatribe so disconnected from anything real or actionable It is particularly loose with facts and numbers for instance, citing that the number of homeless in New York is higher than during the Great Depression, which may be true or not but the city s population has also grown so a metric that does not scale for population growth is inherently misleading There are other instances of convenient laxity in data interpretation The only saving grace which made me give this book two stars rather than one is a brief 2 page section around 138 140 where it goes through legitimate concerns about some of the major federal housing programs I wish there wereof this and less of the ideological babble that dominates the rest of the book Nice exposition to several aspects of housing under capitalism, from the history of its commodification to the efforts made to make it a universal service It draws on classics such as Engel s, which I personally appreciate It also proposesor less concrete measures going forward. This book is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the root causes of our housing crisis and to begin to imagine real solutions. not going to launch into an in depth critical analysis, but I basically knew nothing going in, and this was informative and enlightening and the home, not real estate idea is one I ll undoubtedly keep thinking about going forward I was pretty disappointed I didn t expect this to be a rehashing of the history of public housing struggles in New York because that has been addressed in many other texts The meat of this book is in the conclusion where the authors list a series of shoulds for housing Solid ideas that are pulled from other work and housing activism but I would have preferred some deeper analysis of the proposed strategies. For the oppressed, housing is always in crisis The reappearance of the term housing crisis in headlines represents the experience of middle class homeowners and investors, who faced unexpected residential instability following the 2008 implosion In the United States, the discourse of housing crisis is often used to condemn state interference in housing markets In the UK, the crisis frame is invoked in support of granting new legal powers to developers in order to override local planning g For the oppressed, housing is always in crisis The reappearance of the term housing crisis in headlines represents the experience of middle class homeowners and investors, who faced unexpected residential instability following the 2008 implosion In the United States, the discourse of housing crisis is often used to condemn state interference in housing markets In the UK, the crisis frame is invoked in support of granting new legal powers to developers in order to override local planning guidelines It s a growing global problem from New York to New Zealand the long way , a select group of millionaire billionaires building new or buying up existing property in prime locations, artificially driving up prices and forcing out most people, so what we get is yet another situation where basic human needs are being commodified and used to squeeze yetprofits Many of the factors which have contributed to the global housing crisis are addressed here, from widespread deregulation to NINA No Income No Assets and NINJA No Income, No Job or Assets loans which end in predictable results You have situations where wealthy developers like One57 receivedthan 65 million in public subsidies and tax breaks in order to make evenmoney Of course it was such ludicrous laws which allowed clowns like the US president to exploit and profit from in New York And of course such behaviour is not just confined to the States, In one development in South London,than 40 ex public housing units are owned by the son of the government minister who presided over the privatisation of public housing in the 1980s Around the world, those seeking to turn houses into liquid assets are creating problems for those who merely want to live in them They go onto confirm that, More homes owned by billionaires contribute little to the communities in which they stand But they still take up space, force up costs, and push others farther out We see that during the 1800s in NYC, the wealthy elite reacted with panic to the threat of social and economic instability from health problems of the poor like smallpox, dysentery and TB Reform as ever grew out of self interest, in particular the fear of illness associated with poverty and of course to prevent any potential uprisings was the motivation rather than the plight of their fellow man.Madden and Marcuse also talk about some of the movements against gentrification and or rent hikes over the years New York s Anti Rent Movement which lasted from 1839 to 1859, involving 300,000 tenants and 2,000,000 acres of land to places like Glasgow s Red Clydeside, in 1915, which saw acute housing shortages leading to spiralling rents, overcrowding and dilapidation By the end of the year 20,000 households were on strike After some minor street battles, fearing an outright insurrection, the state responded with eviction freezes and rent controls The only problem with this book is in the layout It should really be a lot simpler It is either in the book or it s not, this maddening halfway habit of littering page after page with distracting footnotes or references, especially when they routinely take up nearly half a page or in some cases take upspace than the main text, then it becomes just ridiculous and it can makes for a messy reading experience It seems that this bizarre ploy has been used here in order to pad out the pages and as a result, the layout reeks of amateurism This is a real shame as this is an interesting read and the authors clearly have many valid and worthwhile points to make This book consists of a fascinating Venn diagram of sorts covering equal parts sociology, politics and history In spite of the ill thought approach with the references and notes plaguing almost every page, this is a highly accessible, well researched and really enjoyable piece of work Good overview of housing issues and how bereft they are from mainstream political discussion It doesn t entirely fall into the leftist trap of criticism without offer of solution, but it could do with a longer discussion of paths forward. ^EBOOK ☘ In Defense of Housing: The Politics of Crisis ↶ In every major city in the world there is a housing crisis How did this happen and what can we do about it Everyone needs and deserves housing But today our homes are being transformed into commodities, making the inequalities of the city ever acute Profit has become important than social need The poor are forced to pay for worse housing Households are subjected to eviction and 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