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Thursday, March 20 • 10:55am - 12:15pm
TH2.17 Community Land Trusts: Challenging Concepts of Propertied Citizenship

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This colloquy addresses the mobilization of different approaches to discourses of citizenship that shape meanings and experiences of home in a globalized world. According to Roy (2003) the dominant U.S. paradigm of “propertied citizenship” inscribes an “ontology or way of being in the world, emphasizes a system of values and norms, requires certain epistemologies or ways of knowing, and is constantly articulated and extended” (p. 464). Roy’s paradigm helps understand how housing policies and practices have far-reaching and troubling implications for cultural and political values and norms. Ruptures in the dominant homeownership paradigm , c.f. the foreclosure crisis and homelessness, as well as alternative paradigms like Shared Equity models, deploy different discourses and practices shedding light on, and challenging the dominant paradigm. Speakers draw on different case studies to explore 1) how discourses surrounding ruptures and alternatives of home reconstruct and disrupt the discourse of “propertied citizenship” and 2) what kinds of political constraints and possibilities these discourses reveal for efforts to transform the dominant paradigm of U.S. homeownership. Oakley sets the stage by discussing failures of market-based low and moderate-income homeownership to increase economic and social capital. Caldwell explores how different, often conflicting, meanings of home and citizenship shape the NYC Community Land Initiative (NYCCLI), an effort led by homeless activists. Dozier uses City of Lakes CLT residents’ experiences to reveal reconstructions of homeownership into a social mission of accessibility and affordability. Lowe illuminates the Independence Heights CLT experiences of African American Houstonians of the tension between housing commodification and heritage/cultural sustainability.
Roy, A. (2003) City requiem, Calcutta: Gender and the politics of poverty. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.


Hillary Caldwell

City University of New York

Deshonay Dozier

Graduate Center of CUNY
Dozier is a Ph.D. Student in Environmental Psychology. Her research is consider with the alternative development practices of communities of color to the colonial and capitalist institutions of property, land, and policing. Her research is based in the Southwestern region of the United States.

Jeffrey Lowe

Texas Southern University

Deirdre Oakley

Georgia State University

Susan Saegert

City University of New York


Susan Saegert

City University of New York

Thursday March 20, 2014 10:55am - 12:15pm
Carranza Room (Westin 2nd Floor)