Housing Provision and Class Relations Under Capitalism: Comment on Christophers and Aalbers

Berry, M 2014, 'Housing Provision and Class Relations Under Capitalism: Comment on Christophers and Aalbers', Housing, Theory and Society, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 395-403.


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Title Housing Provision and Class Relations Under Capitalism: Comment on Christophers and Aalbers
Author(s) Berry, M
Year 2014
Journal name Housing, Theory and Society
Volume number 31
Issue number 4
Start page 395
End page 403
Total pages 9
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Brett Christophers and Manuel Aalbers have offered a spirited argument for developing a political economic analysis of housing in contemporary capitalist societies. More ambitiously, they claim that housing - as both use value and exchange value - occupies such a pivotal position in the capitalist economy that its exclusion or decentring impoverishes political economy as a valid scientific project. The first claim is relatively uncontroversial, since similar claims have been made over the past 40 years or so. The second claim is more contentious and requires some teasing out. My comments below attempt to cast some light on both strands of their argument.
Subject Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Human Geography not elsewhere classified
Sociology not elsewhere classified
DOI - identifier 10.1080/14036096.2014.947079
Copyright notice © 2014 IBF, The Institute for Housing and Urban Research
ISSN 1403-6096
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