A World of Homeowners
American Power and the Politics of Housing Aid
A World of Homeowners charts the emergence of democratic homeownership in the postwar landscape and booming economy; its evolution as a tool of foreign policy and a vehicle for international investment in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s; and the growth of lower-income homeownership programs in the United States from the 1960s to today. Kwak unravels all these threads, detailing the complex stories and policy struggles that emerged from a particularly American vision for global democracy and capitalism. Ultimately, she argues, the question of who should own homes where—and how—is intertwined with the most difficult questions about economy, government, and society.
1 Building a New American Model of Homeownership
2 Combatting Communism with Homeownership
3 Homeownership in an Era of Decolonization
4 Homeownership as Investment
5 Fair Homeownership
6 A Homeownership Consensus?
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