House and mobility: Pondering vulnerability and resistance in face of housing constraints
(Institute of Social Sciences - University of Lisbon)
Rita Cachado (ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon)
Paper short abstract:
This presentation explores the relation between experiences of vulnerability and resistance, regarding people in different kinds of housing mobility in urban settings, reflecting on these experiences as social, political, personal and body responses to excluding urban politics.
Paper long abstract:
This presentation explores analytically the relation between experiences of vulnerability and resistance, regarding housing processes (or the obstacle to it) for people in different kinds of mobility in urban settings. Drawing reflections from different ethnographic contexts in which we have been working we intend to reflect upon the contours of these experiences - vulnerability as much as resistance in face of housing constraints - and how they emerge as social, political, personal and body responses to excluding urban politics. The lack of places to inhabit, temporary housing solutions[, or the precarious conditions one has to endure, produce or are produced by a constant mobility, either through homelessness, migration and remigration. These conditions are experienced differently according to (i) the level of physical and mental exposure people are submitted to; to (ii) the temporality of the mobility paths and projects; and (iii) the type of relation/confrontation with housing policies. Here, the aim is to understand: what are the strategies of settling within a dynamics of constant mobility? How vulnerability and resistance intersect the daily lives of people living in this temporal and spatial conditions in the cities? How vulnerability is expressed and qualified in these different settings?
Vulnerability and housing policies: anthropological insights across Europe