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Social Justice and Adequate Housing
Rights, Roma Inclusion and the Feeling of Home

ISBN 9781032026718
Published January 9, 2023 by Routledge
166 Pages

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Book Description

This book presents a critical analysis of the concept of ‘adequate housing’.

While the concept of adequate housing is used largely as a normative standard in the protection of housing rights and in the implementation of housing policies, its apparent objectivity and universality have never been questioned by political and legal theory. This book analyses and challenges the understanding of this term in law and politics by investigating its relationship with the idea of ‘home’. ‘It is necessary to provide them with adequate housing!’ It is very common to hear this phrase when dealing with housing poverty, especially in relation to migrants, minorities, indigenous and other subaltern groups are concerned. But what does "adequate housing" mean? This book tackles this issue by proposing a critical analysis of this concept and of its use in the development of housing policies addressing the subaltern group par excellence in Europe, Roma. In so doing, it focuses on the lives of Roma and Sinti in Italy who have been the target of inclusion policies. Highlighting the emotional connection to housing, and dismantling some of the most ‘common sense’ ideas about Roma, it offers a radical revision of how social justice in the housing sector might be refigured.


This book will be invaluable for scholars and students working on relevant themes in socio and critical legal studies, sociology, human rights, urban studies, human geography and Romani studies

Table of Contents

Introduction: Roma inclusion as a starting point for a reflection on social justice and adequate housing 1. "Adequate housing" in policy and law: limits and ways forward 2. Pisa, the project "Città Sottili" ("Thin Cities") 3. Messina, the project "Casa e/é Lavoro" (House and/is Work) 4 Trento-Rovereto: micro-areas and public housing 5. From adequate housing to home: the home-making approach

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Silvia Cittadini is a research fellow at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Bologna – Alma Mater Studiorum. She holds a PhD in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability, obtained in 2019 at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa, and she has been a post-doctoral research fellow at the Romani Studies Program of the Central European University in Budapest and a research fellow at the European Centre for Minority Issues of Flensburg, Germany.