Property plays an enduring role in liberal societies, but the social relations of property and the internal workings of property markets are historically and geographically specific. Across a range of advanced and emerging economies, 21st century digital innovations are catalyzing changes in the politics of property and the operation of land and housing markets. In this talk I discuss the relations of ownership in the U.S. housing market as a site for experimentation by a combination of private equity, venture capital, algorithms, and platform business models. The confluence of Wall Street and Silicon Valley has fostered crucial shifts in the market landscape in the post-2008 era, initially by facilitating the emergence of institutional-scale landlords, then by making thinkable a range of other novel (e.g., algorithm-assisted property acquisition) and resurrected (e.g., rent-to-own) market strategies. Public debate around these developments often considers them in isolation from one another and interprets their technological novelty as a break with longstanding property relations. My intervention focuses on debt and scale as crucial instruments of contemporary housing ‘innovation’, situating these instruments in the longer history of how technologies have dynamically shaped the relationship between property, race, and capital accumulation.
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Participation is on-site only.
05/25/2023 11:30 - 05/25/2023 13:00
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Department of Social Sciences
Universitätsstr. 3 b
Scientists and scholars, all interested persons
Economics / business administration, History / archaeology, Information technology, Politics, Social studies
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Presentation / colloquium / lecture
Dr. Felix Müller
Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
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URL of this event: http://idw-online.de/en/event74387
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