Tenant and resident militancy for housing justice:

An exchange between Amanda Huron and Neil Gray

Amanda Huron and Neil Gray

Published in Issue 1.2 // Conversations

Keywords: tenants struggles, rent, housing commons, history

Abstract:

In this conversation, RHJ editors have asked Amanda Huron and Neil Gray to reflect on their approach to strategies and histories of tenant and resident militancy and what lessons can be learnt from the past to shed light on contemporary housing struggles.

Amanda Huron, author of Carving Out the Commons: Tenant Organizing and Housing Cooperatives in Washington, D.C. (University of Minnesota Press, 2018) is Associate Professor of interdisciplinary social sciences at the University of the District of Columbia, the public university serving the city of Washington, D.C. Her research interests are in urban geography, mapping for social justice, struggles over housing and the city, and the history of Washington, D.C. She serves on the board of Empower D.C., and organizes with the D.C. Federation of Limited-Equity Housing Cooperatives. Neil Gray, editor of Rent and its Discontents: A Century of Housing Struggle (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018) is a writer and researcher based at the University of Glasgow. His work currently focuses on four main strands: housing and housing movements, the structural role of devaluation in contemporary urban accumulation strategies, the spatialities of Italian autonomous Marxism, and the right to the city and its critique. He is an active member of Living Rent, Scotland Tenants’ Union.

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