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The housing monster

Author: Prole (Firm)
Publisher: Oakland, Calif. : PM Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This scathing illustrated essay takes one seemingly simple, everyday thing#x97;a house#x97;and looks at the social relations that surround it. Starting with the construction site and the physical building of houses, the book slowly builds and links more and more issues together: from gentrification and city politics to gender roles and identity politics, from subcontracting and speculation to union contracts and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Ressources Internet
Additional Physical Format: Version imprimée :
Prole (Firm).
Housing Monster.
Chicago : PM Press, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Prole (Firm)
ISBN: 9781604867459 1604867450 9781604867435 1604867434 1306022703 9781306022705
OCLC Number: 987305174
Description: 1 ressource en ligne (144 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Cover; Copyright; Copyright; Foreword; THE CONSTRUCTION SITE; Living and Dead Labor; Socialization, Separation, and Subcontracting; Skill and Backwardness; The Pace of Work; Safety and Self-Destruction; Macho Shit; Blue-Collar Blues; THE NEIGHBORHOOD; Loans; Land; Development and Decay; The Housing Market and the Labor Market; Ownership and Class; A Woman's Place; Community and Commodity; PUSHING, PULLING, AND BREAKING; Notes on the Class Struggle; Collective Living; The Unions; Rent Control and State Housing; The Second World; Getting Rid of Monsters.
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This scathing illustrated essay takes one seemingly simple, everyday thing#x97;a house#x97;and looks at the social relations that surround it. Starting with the construction site and the physical building of houses, the book slowly builds and links more and more issues together: from gentrification and city politics to gender roles and identity politics, from subcontracting and speculation to union contracts and negotiation, from individual belief, suffering, and resistance to structural division, necessity, and instability. Moving from intensely personal thoughts and interactions to large-scale political and economic forces, it reads alternately like a worker's diary, a short story, a psychology of everyday life, a historical account, an introduction to Marxist critique of political economy, and an angry flyer someone would pass out on the street. Accompanied by clean black-and-white illustrations that are mocking, beautiful, and bleak, what starts out as an unassuming look at housing broadens into a critique of capitalism as a whole.

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