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 – the book explores the ways in which legislative and policy changes dismantle people’s rights to secure, decent and affordable housing by framing them as undeserving.
“This is an important book which provides a passionate, critical focus on the neoliberal governance of housing. The book clearly shows the punitive and systematic nature of contemporary policies.” Tony Manzi, Sheffield Hallam University
Mel Nowicki is Reader in Urban Geography at Oxford Brookes University.
1. The politicisation of home
2. The bedroom tax and diminishing rights to home
3. Temporary is the new permanent: temporary accommodation policy and the rise of family homelessness
4. The criminalisation of home: section 144 and its impact on London’s squatters
5. Fighting for home: activism and resistance in precarious times