The Ethics of Space

Homelessness and Squatting in Urban England

by Steph Grohmann

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Book Description

Across the Western world, full membership of society is established through entitlements to space and formalized in the institutions of property and citizenship. Those without such entitlements are deemed less than fully human as they struggle to find a place where they can symbolically and physically exist. Written by an anthropologist who accidentally found herself homeless, The Ethics of Space is an unprecedented account of what happens when homeless people organize to occupy abandoned properties.

Set against the backdrop of economic crisis, austerity, and a disintegrating British state, Steph Grohmann tells the story of a flourishing squatter community in the city of Bristol and how it was eventually outlawed by the state. The first ethnography of homelessness done by a researcher who was formally homeless throughout fieldwork, this volume explores the intersection between spatial existence, subjectivity, and ethics. The result is a book that rethinks how ethical views are shaped and constructed through our own spatial existences.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download The Ethics of Space ebook for free in PDF format (1.4 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Of life and fieldwork
 
Chapter 2
Shelter
 
Chapter 3
Hope
 
Chapter 4
Codes of honor and protection
 
Chapter 5
Total places
 
Chapter 6
The enemy within
 
Chapter 7
Fragments
 
Chapter 8
Circle the wagons
 

Book Details

Publisher
HAU Books
Published
2020
Pages
281
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13 Digital
9781912808380
ISBN10 Digital
1912808382
PDF Size
1.4 MB
License
CC BY

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