Squatting London

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Squatting London


Squatting in London has a rich and diverse history. Today, squatters live a marginalised, stigmatised and criminalised existence, yet they persist. Behind the glittering façade of shiny new buildings, London is a network of vacant offices, boarded up shops and dilapidated pubs that host some of the city’s poorest and most determined citizens, exiled and increasingly pushed to the margins.

This book is an account of the real lives of the city’s squatters: their ambitions and struggles. Squatting is a challenge to the logic of property which underpins the city. By finding refuge, staying put, creating spaces and participating in counter-cultures, squats are political acts. They sit in direct opposition to the speculation, gentrification and regeneration that controls London today.

From wasted office blocks transformed into a life-saving homeless shelter, to temporary art exhibitions and raves; from an empty doctor’s surgery, to a library closed by cuts; from mutual aid networks set up during the pandemic, to restaurants, shops, offices and pubs – Squatting London is an alternative, underground and rebellious ethnographic account of a city you thought you knew already.

Subtitle: The Politics of Property
Author: Burgum, Samuel
Year: 2024
ISBN: 9780745341439
Pages: 240
Language: English
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publisher's city: London
Publication date: 2024-12-20
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