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Textured dreams: Access to Housing, and the Materiality of Home Ownership among Middle Classes in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Textured dreams: Access to Housing, and the Materiality of Home Ownership among Middle Classes in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Latin American Ethnography Seminar

Speaker: María Florencia Blanco Esmoris (Centro de Investigaciones Sociales (CIS-CONICET/IDES-UNTREF), Argentina)

Textured dreams: Access to Housing, and the Materiality of Home Ownership among Middle Classes in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Access to housing in cities has returned to the centre of debate in struggles and countless demands in Argentina and around the world. Real estate speculation, the experience of confinement, discussions on the New Rent Law, bank loans with usurious rates, tenants' claims, homelessness and social housing initiatives are some of the scenes that have repositioned the problem of the (im)possibilities of realising the imagined "dream of home ownership" here and beyond Argentina.

In recent years, I have devoted myself to understanding the way in which family trajectories, particularly of those who perceive themselves as belonging to the middle classes, are knotted or unknotted based on access to housing in Greater Buenos Aires. I learned about life stories tied to the search for roots in the host country, meritocratic narratives shattered by the very reality of the new generations and the experience of truncated projects based on the materialities that texturise the housing experience. This presentation covers the results and emergences of my doctoral research carried out between 2016 and 2019 and my complementary research project developed during my confinement.

Event date: 7 December 2023

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