A World of Homeowners: American Power and the Politics of Housing Aid

Friday, November 16, 2018
12:00pm to 2:00pm
119 Moses Hall - Harris Room
UC Berkeley

It's time to mark your calendar and place your book order for the final APHS meeting of the semester. Our next session will take place at 12pm on Friday, November 16th in the Harris Room (119 Moses Hall) of the Institute of Governmental Studies.

We are thrilled to welcome Professor Nancy Kwak (UC San Diego) to discuss her book A World of Homeowners: American Power and the Politics of Housing Aid (U of Chicago Press, 2015). How did homeownership become a major American export after 1945? In A World of Homeowners, Prof. Kwak explains how American advisers urged countries to pursue greater access to homeownership, arguing it would give families a literal stake in their nations, jumpstart a productive home-building industry, fuel economic growth, and raise the standard of living in their countries, helping to ward off the specter of communism. The results were a far cry from the homeowning democracies American advisors envisioned, however, and A World of Homeowners charts the unlikely evolution of housing policy as a tool of foreign policy in East Asia, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

Given budgetary constraints, it's imperative that we get an accurate head count for both lunch and book orders, with your book order reflecting a commitment to attend the seminar. With that in mind, if you plan on attending and need a copy of the book, please RSVP by filling out the following google form.

 Lunch will be provided - along with books (to be distributed a week or two in advance).  Hope to see you there.