• The Politics of “Parental Co-Habitation”: Austerity, Household, and the Social Evils of Dependency

    Author(s):
    John Welsh (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Political Philosophy & Theory, Republicanism
    Subject(s):
    Urban sociology, Political theory, Political economy, Intellectual and conceptual history, Policy sociology, Neoliberalism, Family
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Housing, welfare, Neo-Roman
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/n91q-tb69
    Abstract:
    The household as a social formation is being assigned a renewed function in the provision of social welfare via neoliberal austerity politics. Government inaction regarding housing provision is forcing millions of young adults into “parental co-habitation”. In contrast to the dominant ideological view of the family as a school of liberty through the provision of welfare, this article argues that the dependence of millions of young adults on the parental household is degenerative both for the individual “recipient” and for the future democratic character of the polity. Mobilizing a Neo-Roman analysis of Liberty, I argue that housing policy is promoting the long-term creation of “slaves” as part of a wider strategy of oligarchic domination. The article seeks to articulate an explicitly political theoretical critique of “parental co-habitation” and advocates for directed government action in the area of housing provision to secure the autonomy and independence of a generation otherwise reduced to “slavishness”.
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