The Housing Question: A Comparative Analysis of Housing Politics Across Gothenburg, Sweden and Vancouver, Canada.

Housing—access and adequacy—has emerged in major cities around the world as a key issue of citizen and state concern. This is not surprising. Reference to variants of “the social question” is often made in times marked by anxiety and conflict. While what Arendt termed “the social question” is connected to notions of poverty, precariousness, and social vulnerability, this concept has been used to describe situations where such conditions threaten, not only individuals, but the social web of society as such. Indeed, all aspects of the social question focus critiques of twenty-first century capitalism and its organization of urban society and polity. The ability of either the state or the market to manage creation and distribution of housing is under question—providing a more particular example of a general loss of faith in traditional public and private institutions.