A Research Agenda for Housing
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A Research Agenda for Housing

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.
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Chapter 2: The right to housing

Jessie Hohmann


The right to housing spans law, politics, and philosophy. It operates as a legal standard, and as a rallying point – a site around which claims can be made. Realising the right will not be possible without contesting a number of phenomena – such as the global financialization of housing, privatisation and the profoundly unequal global order, and these set a major agenda for research on the right to housing moving forward. This chapter will consider the right to housing as a legal norm, found in international human rights law (particularly the ICESCR) and national constitutions. It will consider the successes and limitations of the legal right, as well as the important role of social and political movements in seeking to realise it.

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