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The new politics of social housing

Alan Johnson of SPPU's talk to the University of Auckland’s Communiqué Series was in March 2014.

During Alan's talk on the new politics of social housing he commented  "social housing has a small and diminishing importance in New Zealand’s housing landscape – a landscape which is dominated by middle-class
homeownership and small-scale private landlordism.  The problem with this slowly evolving housing landscape is that there is not really any place in it for the poor.

This is not unusual as there is often not any place in many landscapes for the poor. While social housing is not necessarily the housing of the poor it has become so over the past 50 years. Because it is the housing of the poor it has become more and more marginalized as the poor have become more and more marginalized within New Zealand’s neo-liberal political economy".

> Download The New Politics of Social Housing speech by Alan Johnson (PDF, 120KB)

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