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No Place Like Home – Wealth, Community and the Politics of Homeownership - Oxford Scholarship Online
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No Place Like Home: Wealth, Community and the Politics of Homeownership

Brian J. McCabe


While Americans often believe that owning a home serves as a tool for building stronger communities and crafting better citizens, this book argues that these long-standing beliefs about the public benefits of homeownership are deeply mischaracterized. As owning a home has emerged as the most important way to build wealth in the United States, it has also reshaped the way citizens become involved in their communities. Rather than engaging as public-spirited stewards of civic life, the book argues that homeowners often engage in local politics as a way to protect their property values. This civi ... More

Keywords: homeownership, citizenship, civic engagement, housing, local politics, politics of exclusion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190270452
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190270452.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian J. McCabe, author
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University