- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: May 2018
- Print publication year: 2018
- Online ISBN: 9781108380058
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108380058
In the United States, homeownership is synonymous with economic security and middle-class status. It has played this role in American life for almost a century, and as a result, homeownership's centrality to Americans' economic lives has come to seem natural and inevitable. But this state of affairs did not develop spontaneously or inexorably. On the contrary, it was the product of federal government policies, established during the 1930s and developed over the course of the twentieth century. At the Boundaries of Homeownership traces how the government's role in this became submerged from public view and how several groups who were locked out of homeownership came to recognize and reveal the role of the government. Through organizing and activism, these boundary groups transformed laws and private practices governing determinations of credit-worthiness. This book describes the important policy consequences of their achievements and the implications for how we understand American statebuilding.
Jacob S. Hacker - Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science and Director, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University, Connecticut
Greta Krippner - University of Michigan
Desmond King - University of Oxford
Kimberly Morgan - George Washington University, Washington DC
Eric Fure-Slocum Source: Journal of American History
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