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Markus Moos

1 Housing today Markus Moos 1.1  Introduction This book is about housing. It aims to bring together cutting-edge research from a variety of perspectives. The book provides advanced students and scholars with an overview of the current state of knowledge on housing. Housing is not a discipline. As considered here it as an interdisciplinary field of studies in the social sciences. Therefore, the contributors range in background from geography, planning and urban studies to sociology, law, economics and international development, among others. Housing is of

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Sarah Godfrey, Jennifer Dean and Kristen Regier

10 Sustainable housing Sarah Godfrey, Jennifer Dean and Kristen Regier 10.1  Introduction Housing in the twenty-first century is deeply influenced by sustainable development priorities. The United Nations’ Brundtland Commission released Our Common Future in 1987 in order to address the mounting concern over human impacts on the natural environment (Brundtland, 1987). The report defined and popularized sustainable development as ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’ and

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Edited by Caroline Dewilde and Richard Ronald

Both growth and unevenness in the distribution of housing wealth have become characteristic of advanced societies in recent decades. Housing Wealth and Welfare examines, in various contexts, how housing property ownership has become central both to household wellbeing and to the reshaping of social, economic and political relations.
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Peter Somerville

27.  Housing and social justice Peter Somerville This chapter focuses on evaluating current housing policy in relation to principles of social justice. It is not about resistance to or alternatives to neoliberal housing policy – for that, see, for example, Watt and Minton (2006); Hodkinson (2012), Shaw (2015), Somerville (2016a: 181–202), and Watt (2016). Nor is it even about setting directions for housing policy and practice in the future, for an excellent attempt to do this for the UK, see Edwards (2015). 27.1  CONCEPTS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE Everyone should have

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Manuel B. Aalbers

3 Housing and financialization Manuel B. Aalbers 3.1  What is financialization? Housing is capital-intensive and therefore its production and ownership have always been dependent on finance. Not only home-owners, but also landlords and construction companies, have always had a great need for money to be able to buy, rent out or construct housing. The origin of mortgage lending goes back to Egyptian and Roman times (Henry, 2002). It reemerges in the Europe of the late Middle Ages, and develops further in sixteenth-century Venice and seventeenthcentury

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Jessie Hohmann

2 The right to housing Jessie Hohmann1 2.1  Why a right to housing? Housing provides and protects some of our most fundamental needs. It shields us from the elements and provides refuge from external physical threats. It gives us a base from which to build a livelihood and take part in the community, from the neighbourhood to the state. Moreover, housing provides a space in which our psychological needs can be met and fostered. As I have explored elsewhere, housing is important in the formation and protection of identity, community and place in the world

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Private Rental Housing

Comparative Perspectives

Edited by Tony Crook and Peter A. Kemp

A new focus on private renting has been brought into sharp relief by the global financial crisis, with its profound impact on mortgage finance, housing markets and government budgets. Written by specially commissioned international experts and structured around common themes, this timely book explores the nature and role of private renting in eight advanced economies around the world.
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Edited by Louis-Philippe Rochon and Sergio Rossi

A housing bubble is a type of financial bubble that takes place in residential markets. It is distinguished from the broader terms of real-estate bubbles or property bubbles, which include commercial real estate. The key feature of housing bubbles is a fast appreciation of housing prices, which at some point reach unsustainable levels and then decrease rapidly. For example, from 1997 to 2006 housing prices rose on average by 188 per cent in the United States, while by mid 2009 they had already declined on average by 33 per cent from their peak. The impact of

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Bingqin Li

6.  Housing welfare policies in urban China Bingqin Li INTRODUCTION The reform of China’s urban welfare housing system commenced in the early 1980s. Since then, a market-based housing system including a variety of housing tenure forms1 and private ownership – such as commercially built and government-subsidised ownership – gradually became the dominant form of housing tenure in Chinese cities. By 2011 over 85 per cent of urban households nationwide owned residential property. Due to fast-rising housing prices, the rate of owner occupation was lower in large

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Edited by Markus Moos

Housing is one of the most pertinent issues of our time. Shaped by rapid urbanization, financialization, and various changes in demography, technology, political ideology and public policy, the provision of affordable, adequate, and suitable housing has become an increasingly challenging feat. From high-rise apartment towers constructed in global cities around the world to informal settlements rapidly expanding across the global south, this volume focuses on how political, economic, and societal changes are shaping housing in a variety of contexts.