B3: Land and Housing Markets

Team Lead: Richard Harris

Team Members and geographic areas:

Richard Harris (Canada and the United States)
Robin Bloch (Africa/South Africa)
Alan Mabin (Africa/South Africa)
Solomon Benjamin (India)
Shubhra Gururani (India)

Research Context, Methods and Goals:

GrunauBeginning in April 2012 (year 3 of the "Global Suburbanisms" MCRI), this project will run parallel with, and then build upon, the foundational research on Land, which is also being led by Harris.

The purpose is to develop and refine a conceptual framework to understand the changing role that land and housing markets have played in suburban development. Particular attention will be paid to the means by which formal markets have been made. This will be accomplished through historically-grounded case studies of world regions that differ widely in the extent to which markets have been, and are now, formalized and/or racialized. The experience of four countries over the past century will be surveyed: Canada, the United States, India, and South Africa. Canada exemplifies a formal market where racialization has been largely absent, while in the United States racialization was once formalized, and locally remains an informal force. Twentieth-century India illustrates a post-colonial regime with extensive informality that is complicated by religion and caste. South Africa is intermediate in economic development, with marked racialization of fringe development that has taken different forms under varying regimes.

The group met at the conference, The Suburban Revolution, which was organized by the MCRI project at the time of the mid-term review, October 2013.  Richard Harris gave one of the two plenary presentations on the subject of land. Solomon Benjamin and prospective research associate Margot Rubin, gave presentations on Bangalore and Johannesburg, respectively. Team members Alan Mabin and Shubhra Gururani gave presentations in connection with their work for the Africa and South Asia groups, respectively.

At this time, plans for research in Johannesburg and Bangalore were finalized. Subsequently, research associates in each of those cities were hired. In Johannesburg, Margot Rubin is working in association with Alan Mabin; in Bangalore Mathew Idiculla is working in association with Solomon Benjamin; in both cases under the general supervision of team lead, Richard Harris. A review of progress to date will be undertaken in August 2014


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Publications and Other Dissemination