Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781912808281 Published March 2020

The Ethics of Space

Homelessness and Squatting in Urban England

Steph Grohmann

The Ethics of Space

Steph Grohmann

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290 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781912808281 Published March 2020

Across the Western world, full membership of society is established through entitlements to space and formalized in the institutions of property and citizenship. Those without such entitlements are deemed less than fully human as they struggle to find a place where they can symbolically and physically exist. Written by an anthropologist who accidentally found herself homeless, The Ethics of Space is an unprecedented account of what happens when homeless people organize to occupy abandoned properties.
 
Set against the backdrop of economic crisis, austerity, and a disintegrating British state, Steph Grohmann tells the story of a flourishing squatter community in the city of Bristol and how it was eventually outlawed by the state. The first ethnography of homelessness done by a researcher who was formally homeless throughout fieldwork, this volume explores the intersection between spatial existence, subjectivity, and ethics. The result is a book that rethinks how ethical views are shaped and constructed through our own spatial existences.

Contents
Preface
Introduction

Chapter One: Of life and fieldwork
The "field" as morally neutral zone

Chapter Two: Shelter
An attack on one is an attack on all

Chapter Three: Hope
Becoming at home

Chapter Four: Codes ofhonor and protection
Of apes and anarchists

Chapter Five: Total places
The Big Society strikes back

Chapter Six: The enemy within
The return of the savage noble

Chapter Seven: Fragments
Death and sanctions

Chapter Eight: Circle the wagons
Extinction

Epilogue
Index
Reference List

Ethnographic Vignettes:
Trolley Problem
Refugee
Spell
Through the Looking Glass
Clash
Dispatch
Review Quotes
Matthew Reisz | Times Higher Education
"[A] powerful new book . . . . The Ethics of Space makes a number of wide-ranging arguments about access to and exclusion from space, and the UK’s largely unchanging patterns of land ownership. But it also provides many vivid glimpses of Grohmann’s own experiences. . . . It is one of the striking features of Grohmann’s writing that the people she describes, like characters in novels but unlike the individuals used in much academic writing to illustrate a point, feel three-dimensional and are capable of surprising the reader."
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