The house of debt: credit constraints and house ownership in contemporary Portugal

Leading researcher: Ana Luísa Micaelo
Research group: Governance, Policies and Livelihoods
Type of project: Post-doctoral research
Status: Ongoing
Keywords: Kinship | Territoriality | Ownership


Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: CRIA/04038/BPD/GPL
Starting date: 19-10-15

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Abstract

Framing the Portuguese reality within the wider comparative context of Southern European countries afflicted by “austerity measures”, this project proposes to study how credit-strapped families organize themselves when at the verge of losing their dwelling. At the very core of everyday experience of relatedness and social reproduction, houses are central to the understanding of people’s personal histories, livelihoods and familial entanglements, and, at the same time, are related to large scale political and economic processes. As the recent “crisis” has opened up a new area of uncertainty, the sense of security characteristic of house ownership disappears and new social, moral and political consequences of having a credit that becomes a debt arise. Arguing that ethnographic analysis is the most pertinent approach to understanding these processes, this project tackles how the social value of house ownership is being disputed and reconfigured in the new world of debt.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub36*Catarina FroisSupervisorproj241*The house of debt: credit constraints and house ownership in contemporary PortugalPost-doctoral researchOngoing
pub50*Elizabeth ChallinorSupervisorproj241*The house of debt: credit constraints and house ownership in contemporary PortugalPost-doctoral researchOngoing
pub466*Ana Luísa MicaeloResearch scholarproj241*The house of debt: credit constraints and house ownership in contemporary PortugalPost-doctoral researchOngoing
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