April 10, 2023
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Excerpted from Poverty & Race, Volume 32, No.1 (Jan – March 2023)
Racial capitalism. Social housing. These terms are widely used, but thinly understood. They are easily abstracted and readily made fodder for theoretical discussion detached from lived realities. This issue brings together organizers and academics to consider the relevance and meaning of racial capitalism and social housing from a perspective grounded in struggle, experience, and attentiveness to the dynamics of the U.S. political economy. The authors offer insights on the material stakes of racial capitalism, the reasons it necessitates building movements for tenant power, and the policy pathways that impede or facilitate efforts to treat housing as a social good rather than a profit generating commodity.
Jamila Michener, guest editor, is a professor of Political Science at Cornell University.