Capitalism Nature Socialism Keynote: Land, Autonomy, and Inclusivity in the Tiny House Strategy

Type: Panel
Theme: Black Geographies
Sponsor Groups: Black Geographies Specialty Group
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Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Astor Ballroom III, Astor, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Linda Quiquivix
Chairs: Linda Quiquivix


Thirty years ago, Jim O'Connor, Barbara Laurence, and other concerned leftists and environmentalists founded the journal Capitalism Nature Socialism (CNS). Out of discussions associated with CNS came O'Connor's thesis that capitalist relations of production and the accompanying development of forces of production (e.g., of society and built environments) undermine the very conditions of production—both nonhuman and social. This undermining process extends to the very conditions of human life. Housing is among those crucial conditions.

Capitalist relations subordinate such a basic life necessity to the logics of excess and debt with devastating environmental and social effects. The growing tiny house movement exemplifies one way to counter the destructive tendencies intrinsic to the current housing paradigm.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of CNS, Jewel Pearson—Ms. Gypsy Soul of Tiny House Trailblazers—and geographer and tiny house advocate Lee Pera, our featured keynote speakers, evaluate the tiny house movement as a strategy that can contribute to a post-capitalist future. In line with the AAG 2018 Black Geographies theme, Jewel and Lee give special focus on how communities of color are deploying tiny houses as part of their broader efforts to build autonomy and halt environmental degradation, along with the structural-racial inequalities these efforts confront along the way. They also critically reflect on ways that the broader tiny house movement can challenge inequalities, making the tiny house strategy a more inclusive option for underserved populations.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Jewel Pearson Tiny House Trailblazers 20
Panelist Jennifer Lee Pera US Environmental Protection Agency 20
Discussant Salvatore Engel-DiMauro SUNY New Paltz 20

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