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Housing ShockThe Irish Housing Crisis and How to Solve It$
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Rory Hearne

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447353898

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447353898.001.0001

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Working for social justice: community, activism and academia

Working for social justice: community, activism and academia

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Housing Shock

Rory Hearne

Policy Press

This chapter explores the author’s housing journey, from living in private rental housing, to working with disadvantaged communities on housing and human rights, campaigning on homelessness and the right to housing, to being a publically engaged academic researching and engaging in the national policy debate on housing. It details the everyday impact of austerity on disadvantaged social housing communities and their response through a successful ‘Rights-in-action’ human right to housing campaign. It also details participatory action research with homeless families, the Participatory Action Human Rights and Capability Approach. In then discusses the role of academics, policy makers and researchers in social change, empowerment and participation in relation to social justice and housing issues. It interrogates the concept of knowledge production – who’s interest does it serve? Drawing on Freire and Gramsci the Chapter outlines five areas, for the academic researcher (and this can be applied to policy analysts and researchers, NGOs, human rights organisations, trade unions and community activists) to contribute to achieving an egalitarian, socially and environmentally just, and rights-based housing system.

Keywords:   Social Justice, Community work, Activism, Academia, Human Rights approach, Participatory action research, Public intellectual

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