The politics of housing/home



Publication Details

Cook, N., Davison, A. & Crabtree, L. (2016). The politics of housing/home. In N. Cook, A. Davison & L. Crabtree (Eds.), Housing and Home Unbound: Intersections in economics, environment and politics in Australia (pp. 1-16). Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.


This collection embarks on the bi-fold motion of unbounding housing and home. Specifically, it interrogates the coproduction of the materials, meanings and practices of dwelling and worlds of finance, nature and power. Our interest is to explore the making and unmaking of political, economic and environmental relations in and through housing and home. Throughout the text, contributors broadly focus on hybrid objects of inquiry, including that of housing/home. We do so to explicitly challenge the traditional bounding of housing research with technical questions of matter, finance and policy (housing) and symbolic questions of meaning, identity and selfhood (home) (Jacobs and Malpas 2015; Jacobs and Smith 2008). That is, we seek to keep open the possibility of home as a physical and institutional manifestation, and the cultural and psychological possibilities of 'feeling at home' (Easthope 2004, 136) as a single question.

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