A Theory of Housing Provision under Capitalism

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Categories: Business & Economics
Year: 2023
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Language: english
Pages: 253
ISBN 10: 3031244702
ISBN 13: 9783031244704
Series: Marx, Engels, and Marxisms
File: PDF, 3.94 MB

A Theory of Housing Provision under Capitalism

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This book provides the first coherent Marxist analysis of the central importance of housing in the social reproduction of capitalism as a whole. Rather than consigning housing to the sidelines, Berry argues that the circulation of capital and revenues though housing and the built environment helps explain how the capital-labour relation constrains housing outcomes while also being reproduced on an extended scale. He shows how housing is provided by the intervention of building, property and interest-bearing capital fractions; how the land question can be explained by a theory of urban land rent, drawing on Marx's categories of differential and monopoly rent; how housing is vital to the extended reproduction of labour power, while also creating a semi-separate sphere of 'home' in which gender and demographic factors overlay and accentuate social class position. The modes, impact and drivers of state intervention in housing provision are seen to modify the patterns and pace of capital circulation through housing and the urban built environment with implications for shifts in class fragmentation and power relations.

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