Field Report (May 2018)

Below are personal pictures from my recent fieldwork, plus slides from my talk at TAA Exhibition. I did record this talk, but stupidly put my camera on top of the projector, meaning there is a hum from the fan throughout. I'm presenting this paper again this summer, so will try and record it again then. … Continue reading Field Report (May 2018)

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Project Update: The story so far…

Funded until October 2020, I find myself in the incredibly privileged position of having space, time and resources to research squatting and housing movements in London, and have been trying to make the most of this opportunity both for myself and (importantly) put the project at the service of those activists and campaigners who are … Continue reading Project Update: The story so far…

Homeless People; Peopleless Homes

'the ownership of a property is a secondary consideration to the fact that it is empty’ (Post-War Squatters, cited in Watson, 2016, p. 101), Despite promises that the free market can allocate resources fairly and efficiently according to principle of supply and demand, ensuring that each get what they need (but most importantly, 'deserve'); the … Continue reading Homeless People; Peopleless Homes

Family Squatting Campaign, 1968

I recently finished Ron Bailey's The Squatters which was published as a Penguin special edition in 1973. The book is a first-hand account that captures one of the earliest attempts I have come across to build on the UK's post-war squatting movement and establish a formal squatting campaign in London, centering around four main aims: An immediate aim to rehouse … Continue reading Family Squatting Campaign, 1968

An Early History of British ‘Squatting’

If we take a broad definition of 'squatting' to mean more than the material occupation of private property without permission, then we might include within the lineage of squatting movements others examples where resistance has involved an intervention into public space and discourse. In this sense, squatting could be taken to include any direct action where … Continue reading An Early History of British ‘Squatting’

The Independent Republic of Frestonia

Throughout the sixties and seventies, a series of small groups were involved in housing campaigns that opted for a more militant ‘self-help’ approach than organisations like Shelter and Crisis who tended to negotiate with local authorities. The former saw squatting as a form of ‘direct action… that targeted the poor living conditions faced by many … Continue reading The Independent Republic of Frestonia