Suggested Reading List on Housing Rights, Homelessness, Land Struggles, and the Criminalization of Poverty

booklistLast Wednesday, I was tasked with talking to 180 Vanderbilt students about affordable housing in Nashville. At the end, several students asked for a suggested reading list so I decided it was time to re-vamp my list. After hitting up some friends for help, here are my top picks. I’d love to hear if others have suggestions!

Out of Place: Homeless Mobilizations, Subcities, and Contested Landscapes, by Talmadge Wright
Lost in Space: The Criminalization, Globalization, and Urban Ecology of Homelessness, by Randall Amster
No Trespassing: Squatting, Rent Strikes, and Land Struggles Worldwide, by Ander Corr
The Right to the City: Social Justice and the Fight for Public Space, by Don Mitchell
Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to Urban Revolution, by David Harvey
Toward Land, Work, and Power: Charting a Path of Resistance to U.S.-Led Imperialism, by Jaron Browne, et. al.
Fighting Back in Appalachia: Traditions of Resistance and Change, by Stephen Fisher
New York for Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate, by Tom Angotti
Citizens without Shelter: Homelessness, Democracy, and Political Exclusion, by Leonard Feldman
Reckoning with Homelessness, by Kim Hopper
Homeless: Poverty and Place in Urban America, Ella Howard
Policing the Poor: From Slave Plantation to Public Housing, by Neil Websdale
Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity, by Loïc Wacquant
Prisons of Poverty, by Loïc Wacquant
The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice, by Jeffrey Reiman and Paul Leighton
Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys, by Victor Rios
No Rising Tide: Theology, Economics, and the Future, Joerg Rieger
Beyond Homelessness: Christian Faith in a Culture of Displacement, by Steven Bouma-Prediger and Brian Walsh
Disrupting Homelessness: Alternative Christian Approaches, by Lauren Stivers

Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880, by W.E.B. Du Bois
A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn
Debt: The First 5,000 Years, by David Graeber
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism, and Radical History, by Staughton Lynd and Andrej Grubac


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