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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Verso (Aug. 16 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781784783549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1784783549
  • ASIN: 1784783544
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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—Charles Mudede, The Stranger

“An accessible, jargon-free account of how housing works under capitalism and a clarion call for how we can—and must—change it.”
Socialist Review

“A critical analysis of the nature of the housing crisis within a political economy perspective. The authors highlight a conflict between housing as home and as real estate for profit making and focus upon processes of commodification of housing, power and exploitation, and inequality and injustice in contemporary capitalist society … A significant contribution to urban planning, sociology, and public policy.”
—D.A. Chekki, Choice

In Defense of Housing clearly lays out the systemic nature of the housing crisis and seamlessly breaks down complicated economic concepts. Madden and Marcuse gently disabuse readers of illusions that the end of the housing crisis is just a policy tweak away.”
—James Tracy, Rooflines

“A timely and exceptional book with enormous significance to housing movements everywhere … By providing even the most experienced housing scholars with a clear conceptual and analytic apparatus that moves beyond a rights-based approach to housing, it can be used as a tool for activisms, for legal claims, for political and policy discussions and in scholarly debates and classrooms.”
—Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia, City Journal

About the Author

Peter Marcuse is Emeritus Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He has written extensively in English as well as German, in the US, the UK and various other European countries. His work has also appeared in newspaper and magazines such as the Nation, New York Newsday, Monthly Review, Shelterforce and many others.

David Madden is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics. He has published academic articles in some of the leading urban studies journals, and is Editor at the journal CITY. He has also published reviews and commentary in outlets including the LSE Review of Books, Washington Post and the Guardian.

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4.0 out of 5 starsProposed solutions to the housing crisis are too simplistic --
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5.0 out of 5 starsA great read and an essential housing text
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