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Anders Lund Hansen

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Commodifying Danish housing commons

Author

  • Henrik Gutzon Larsen
  • Anders Lund Hansen

Summary, in English

Housing was a backbone of the Danish welfare state, but this has been profoundly challenged by the past decades of neoliberal housing politics. In this article we outline the rise of the Danish model of association-based housing on the edge of the market economy (and the state). From this, we demonstrate how homes in private cooperatives through political interventions in the context of a booming real estate market have plunged into the market economy and been transformed into private commodities in all but name, and we investigate how non-profit housing associations frontally and stealthily are attacked through neoliberal reforms. This carries the seeds for socio-spatial polarization and may eventually open the gate for commodification – and thus the dismantling of the little that is left of a socially just housing sector. Yet, while the association-based model was an accessary to the commodification of cooperative housing, it can possibly be an accomplice in sustaining non-profit housing as a housing commons.

Department/s

  • Department of Human Geography

Publishing year

2015

Language

English

Pages

262-274

Publication/Series

Geografiska Annaler. Series B. Human Geography

Volume

97

Issue

3

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

Topic

  • Human Geography

Keywords

  • commodification
  • neoliberalization
  • welfare state
  • housing
  • commons
  • social justice

Status

Published

Project

  • CRitical Urban Sustainability Hub (FORMAS Strong Research Environment)
  • 7th Framework Program, Financialisation, economy, society and sustainable development
  • Collaborative Housing in a Pandemic Era: cross-country inter- and transdisciplinary evaluation, innovative approaches, human rights-based policy recommendations and capacity building

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1468-0467