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The Value of HomelessnessManaging Surplus Life in the United States$
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Craig Willse

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816693474

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816693474.001.0001

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Surplus Life, or Race and Death in Neoliberal Times

Surplus Life, or Race and Death in Neoliberal Times

(p.23) One Surplus Life, or Race and Death in Neoliberal Times
The Value of Homelessness

Craig Willse

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter One offers a theoretical framework for understanding relationships between capital, racialized subordination, and housing needs. It argues that housing insecurity must be reframed in terms of the racialized system of property rights and access in the United States. Using Foucault and Marxist accounts of labor and surplus, it shows that homelessness becomes productive in the context of knowledge and service economies as surplus waste to be managed.

Keywords:   housing needs, racialized subordination, housing insecurity, property rights, surplus, homelessness, service economies, social welfare, urban capitalism

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