COMMUNAL LIVING PROJECTS AND THE SUBVERSION OF CAPITALIST CONDITIONS Right to housing and Recognition and Redistribution of Care Work
Roca I Farré, N.
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This thesis addresses the topic of the residential struggles, focusing on projects of communal living that aim to build forms of resistance and subversion of capitalist conditions. The first part is dedicated to exposing how neoliberal logics deny the fundamental right to adequate housing, prevailing the logic of the market over the logic of use in the terrain of living spaces. Through an autoethnographic method, it constitutes an insight into my subjective experience of the so-called housing crisis in the Netherlands. In this context, I narrate my discovery of a specific case of intentional community in the city of Nijmegen, which serves as a conceptual bridge to the second part of the project. The second part is thought as a possible step to take in this situation to fight the injustice derived from the current housing system. I explore a specific case study: the housing cooperative of La Borda, an ongoing initiative of communal living. Methodologically, this part draws on the elaboration of interviews to three of the current inhabitants of the living project. My research question concerns the potential of the communal living project of La Borda to challenge and replace -within the project- the conditions of capitalism. To delimitate this question, I reflect on it by considering two main factors: (1) to what extent the typology of this housing model challenges the commodification of the right to housing, and (2) to what extent care work is recognised as a primordial issue and distributed fairly.