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Inside America's mobile home housing crisis.


Capitalism has made this incredibly inventive housing sector - manufactured housing - where prefabrication and factory production have made homes that can be built for less than half a site-built home. The individual costs are cheap, but really the price is so high, because what happens is the price is externalized to residents who then have this housing form that is insecure in perpetuity, that they could be living in for two decades and not feel the full weight until they're evicted.

Sociologist Esther Sullivan examines the precarious nature of housing in American mobile home parks - where community-wide evictions and punitive municipal planning threaten the security of working class people trying to build stable lives within the nation's largest source of affordable housing.

Esther Sullivan is author of from Manufactured Insecurity: Mobile Home Parks and Americans’ Tenuous Right to Place from University of California Press.

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Esther Sullivan

Esther Sullivan is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado Denver.


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