Bringing Home the Housing Crisis

Politics, Precarity and Domicide in Austerity London

By Mel Nowicki

Published

Apr 1, 2023

Page count

152 pages

ISBN

978-1447361862

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Apr 1, 2023

Page count

152 pages

ISBN

978-1447361855

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Apr 1, 2023

Page count

152 pages

ISBN

978-1447361879

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
Bringing Home the Housing Crisis

Often portrayed as an apolitical space, this book demonstrates that home is in fact a highly political concept, with a range of groups in society excluded from a ‘right to home’ under current UK policies.

Drawing on resident interviews and analysis of political and media attitudes across three case studies – the criminalisation of squatting, the bedroom tax, and family homelessness – it explores the ways in which legislative and policy changes dismantle people’s rights to secure, decent and affordable housing by framing them as undeserving. The book includes practical lessons for housing academics, activists and policymakers.

Mel Nowicki is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Geography at Oxford Brookes University.

Introduction

Creating a crisis: the politicisation of home

The criminalisation of home: section 144 and its impact on London’s squatters

‘’Just because I don’t own it, doesn’t mean it’s not mine!’’ The bedroom tax and diminishing rights to home

Temporary is the new permanent: precarity in the private rented sector and the rise of family homelessness

Fighting for home: activism and resistance in precarious times

Conclusion: Bringing home the housing crisis