Moving through the ‘smart city’: the mobile subjectivities of public housing tenants using the ‘Our House Swap’ website.

Authors: Rae Dufty-Jones*, Western Sydney University
Topics: Urban Geography
Keywords: digital technologies, housing, residential mobility, public housing tenants, subjectivities
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Napoleon C1, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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The mobility of public housing tenants has always been a governmental concern of policy makers in Australia (Dufty-Jones 2012; 2015; 2017). The creation of the tenant-operated website ‘Our House Swap’ (OHS) provides tenants with the means to circumvent bureaucratic structures that seek to inhibit their residential mobility and instead pursue these mobility aspirations on their own terms. Ruppert et al. (2013: 24) contend that digital devices, such as OHS, and the data they generate are both the ‘material of social lives and form part of the many apparatuses for knowing those lives’. Using the data generated by OHS of public housing tenant mobility aspirations this paper examines how this particular digital device is implicated in the production and performance of mobile subjectivities of public housing tenants living in Sydney and how it both reproduces and reworks the social and political relations of public housing tenants’ mobile subjectivities.

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