The new housing precariat : experiences ofprecarious housing in Malmö, Sweden

The new housing precariat : experiences ofprecarious housing in Malmö, Sweden

Publication Type:
article-journal
Date Issued:
2023
Authors:
Carina Listerborn
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Language:
eng
Page:
1304-1322
DOI:
10.1080/02673037.2021.1935775
Abstract:

Precarious housing research has become increasingly relevant to previous welfare housing contexts, such as Sweden. In the 1990s, Swedish housing became gradually market-oriented, which induced a shortage of affordable rental housing and increased housing costs in all major cities. This article presents the results from interviews with individuals about their experiences of the unequal housing market in the city of Malmö, Sweden. The article furthers knowledge of the lived experience of housing precariousness in the Global North. The narratives from the housing precariat are analysed through the lens of housing inequalities, and the analysis theoretically adds to ‘research on critical geography of precarity. The article aims to illustrate the consequences of the shift from a general welfare approach of housing to an individualized and neoliberal housing market. In particular, this article adds insights on the gendered and racialized aspects that affect housing precariousness. 

Keywords:
housing inequality precarious housing affordable housing