Symposium – Housing Movements and Care: Rethinking the Political Imaginaries of Housing

Organised by Desiree Fields (UC Berkeley), Emma Power (Western Sydney University) and Kenton Card (Boston University)

We’re delighted to present the following six articles, which together form a Symposium, “Housing Movements and Care: Rethinking the Political Imaginaries of Housing”. All are available online now (see below) and will be published as a collection in Antipode volume 56, issue 3 in May 2024. Many thanks are due from everyone at Antipode to the organisers, Desiree Fields, Emma Power and Kenton Card, for shepherding the articles through review, and to all the authors for their brilliant work.

Antipode Editorial Collective, January 2024

Care is a practice and labour making human survival and flourishing possible. This Symposium explores the place and work of care within housing movements, asking how care operates as a politics, an ethics, and a set of practices through which tenants survive—and ultimately seek to transform—the structural violence of capitalist housing systems. Situated in US cities with abiding associations with Blackness and indigeneity, papers in the Symposium examine housing movements that take care as the starting point. As we discuss in this introduction to the Symposium, in such movements, care operates as connective tissue across households and modes of difference; challenges relations of racial capitalism and settler colonialism that underlie dominant understandings of who deserves and can demand care; and drives calls for public care and experiments with non-propertised forms of ownership. Housing systems are care infrastructures, making housing movements a vital place for care work.

Housing Movements and Care: Rethinking the Political Imaginaries of Housing — Desiree Fields, Emma R. Power and Kenton Card

“What is Our City Doing for Us?”: Placing Collective Care into Atlanta’s Post-Public Housing Movements — Akira Drake Rodriguez

Caring Housing Futures: A Radical Care Framework for Understanding Rent Control Politics in Seattle, USA — Samantha Thompson

A Logic of Care and Black Grassroots Claims to Home in Detroit — Jessi Quizar

Speculative Urban Worldmaking: Meeting Financial Violence with a Politics of Collective Care — Brandi T. Summers and Desiree Fields

Radical Housing Justice Within and Beyond Caring — Michele Lancione

Featured images, “‘We deserve rent control’ in Seattle” and “Detroit Eviction Defense mural”, by Samantha Thompson (University of Washington) and Jessi Quizar (University of Washington Tacoma) respectively.