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Social housing and feminist commoning in urban Vietnam

Christina Schwenkel

approach to the city to examine the diverse forms of refusal if not opposition to the denationalization of social housing in urban Vietnam, where modes of commoning have been critical to life and livelihoods in tandem with the state allocation of public

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A “Capital of Hope and Disappointments”

North African Families in Marseille Shantytowns and Social Housing

Dustin Alan Harris

of state-run agencies or state-subsidized private charities that carried out shantytown clearance initiatives and oversaw the construction of rent-controlled social housing estates. Part of a larger social welfare network that formed in France just

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The making of a racialized surplus population

Romania's labor-housing nexus

Enikő Vincze

. Others were forcibly evicted and relocated into emergency homes on a closed but still-toxic industrial plant. A third group has been steadily moving in and out of special social housing for vulnerable people. My thesis is that, alongside the economic

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A mother's hope in the midst of existential immobility from state and stigma

Katherine Smith

social housing estate in Harpurhey. Ben is 21 years old now and has few remaining friends who have not slipped into a life of crime, drug abuse and selling, or violence. None of Ben's friends have completed their GCSE's, A-Levels, 1 and gone on to start

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Multifaceted Monolith

The Hidden Diversity of Mass Housing

Miles Glendinning

Present-day perspectives on the post-war era of state-sponsored social housing generally portray the movement, internationally and nationally, as one of overwhelming, alienating homogeneity. If, however, we look carefully at what was done 'on the ground', we discover a very different picture, one of subtle and almost limitless diversity. This article combines a short international overview with a single national case study, that of Great Britain. There, diversity was fostered by strong tensions between municipal and national state agencies and between production- and design-oriented professionals, many of whom were in fact employed by agencies of the state.

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Very sneaky crimes

Squatting, urban security, and class anthropopoiesis in Milan (Italy)

Giacomo Pozzi

Milan is an increasingly safe city. Despite this, the insecurity perceived by citizens is growing. Particularly in social housing districts, squatting is considered by institutions, public opinion, but also by most regular residents, as one of the principle causes of urban insecurity. Based on ethnographic research conducted in Milan between 2015 and 2017, this article proposes an anthropological analysis of policies, norms, practices, and narratives related to the governance of housing illegality, showing how these representations contribute to producing a stigmatized, morally connoted, and criminalized image of squatters. In broader terms, starting with the ethnographic case of squatting, the article explores the anthropopoietic dynamics of social class construction and the centrality of moral categories in the production of urban inequality.

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Theorizing the urban housing commons

Don Nonini

to late 1980s, a commons based on social housing as a collective use value had come into existence in Amsterdam. During the prior two decades, new social housing had been built on land where private rental units had been demolished, and tens of

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“Avoiding the mistakes of the past”

Tower block failure discourse and economies of risk management in London's Olympic Park

Saffron Woodcraft

and the perceived failure of Britain's postwar social housing estates. In the days following the fire, a series of articles appeared in national media examining how an intersection of technical and political forces had produced a lethal set of

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Inclusive innovation and sustainable development in affordable habitat

From the linear intervention model to Social Technological Systems

Facundo Picabea

discipline but also the persistence of a problem. If we accept the right to habitat to be universal, it follows that it should be guaranteed by the government. For that reason, since the early twentieth century, the construction of social housing in the

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‘My Waka Journey’

Introducing a New Co-Editor

Patrick Laviolette

Clark, who sadly passed away last year. She had defended her thesis on the visual culture of biomedical imagery. My time at the Bartlett equally allowed me to distil some findings from a long-term study of cooperative social housing, which I had been