No Place Like Home: Wealth, Community and the Politics of Homeownership by Brian J. McCabeNo Place Like Home: Wealth, Community and the Politics of Homeownership by Brian J. McCabe

No Place Like Home: Wealth, Community and the Politics of Homeownership

byBrian J. McCabe

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In the decade following the housing crisis, Americans remain enthusiastic about the prospect of owning a home. Homeownership is a symbol of status attainment in the United States, and for many Americans, buying a home is the most important financial investment they will ever make. We aredeeply committed to an ideology of homeownership that presents homeownership as a tool for building stronger communities and crafting better citizens.However, in No Place Like Home, Brian McCabe argues that such beliefs about the public benefits of homeownership are deeply mischaracterized. As owning a home has emerged as the most important way to build wealth in the United States, it has also reshaped the way citizens become involved in theircommunities. Rather than engaging as public-spirited stewards of civic life, McCabe demonstrates that homeowners often engage in their communities as a way to protect their property values. This involvement contributes to the politics of exclusion, and prevents particular citizens from gainingaccess to high-opportunity neighborhoods, thereby reinforcing patterns of residential segregation. A thorough analysis of the politics of homeownership, No Place Like Home prompts readers to reconsider the power of homeownership to strengthen citizenship and build better communities.

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Brian J. McCabe is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University.
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Title:No Place Like Home: Wealth, Community and the Politics of HomeownershipFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction: Wealth, Community and the Politics of Homeownership2. Selling the Citizen Homeowner: The Civic Roots of the American Dream3. Building a Nation of Homeowners: Federal Housing Policy in the Twentieth Century4. Building Wealth? Property Values and Civic Habits of Homeowners5. Building Community? Homeownership and the Politics of Exclusion6. Subsidizing a Nation of Homeowners: Rethinking Federal Homeownership Subsidies7. Conclusion: Citizenship in a Nation of Homeowners