In Defense of Housing: The Politics of Crisis

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by David Madden and Peter Marcuse


2016, paperback

SKU: 9781784783549


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 more acute. Profit has become more important than social need. The poor are forced to pay more for worse housing. Households are subjected to eviction and foreclosure. Communities face gentrification and displacement. And the benefits of decent housing are only available for those who can afford it.

In Defense of Housing is the definitive statement by leading urban planner Peter Marcuse and sociologist David Madden. They diagnose the causes and consequences of the housing crisis and detail the need for progressive alternatives. Minor policy changes will not solve they problem, they argue. Rather, the housing crisis has deep political and economic roots, and therefore requires a radical response.

About the Authors:

Peter Marcuse is Emeritus Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He has written extensively in English as well as German, in the US, the UK and various other European countries. His work has also appeared in newspaper and magazines such as the "Nation," "New York Newsday," "Monthly Review," "Shelterforce" and many others.

David Madden is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics. He has published academic articles in some of the leading urban studies journals, and is Editor at the journal "CITY." He has also published reviews and commentary in outlets including the "LSE Review of Books," "Washington Post" and the "Guardian."