Take Back the Land ! The Social Function of Land and Housing, Resistance and Alternatives

Ritimo and AITEC are pleased to introduce the 10th issue of the Passerelle collection

This issue is the result of a collective work coordinated by Charlotte Mathivet from AITEC in the framework of the Coredem, a collective initiative of knowledge sharing coordinated by Ritimo.

This Passerelle is based on a one-year work, gathering thirty contributions from researchers, activists, civil society actors, networks leaders, besides the contribution of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing as well as of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

The choice of the topic of this new issue of the Passerelle collection is based on the fact that numerous social mouvements, researchers, social organisations, local and national authorities as well as international organisations are concerned by the issues of housing and the social function of land throughout the world.

Providing an analisis on their challenges is therefore paramount to support the struggles for the right to housing, land and the right to the city for all.

What are we talking about?

This publication anwsers the questions raised by the issue of property which is still at the very heart of both mentalities and Consitutions. The singularity of this publication is linked to its insight into a potential alliance between inhabitants and peasants, between rural and urban issues.

If land, whether rural or urban, were viewed as playing an essential role in all human beings’ life, just like air or water, and its value in use outweighed its exchange value, wouldn’t our cities and countryside look completely different ? A reflection on different ways to relate to land - other than ownership – must therefore be carried out, i.e. ways that do not entail abusing, speculating or excluding others. This issue sheds a light on analysis, experiences and alternatives regarding the progress of the social function of land and housing worldwide. Its singularity is linked to its insight into a potential alliance between inhabitants and peasants, between rural and urban issues.

Thus, it constitutes an advocacy tool for the organisations that strongly claim for the social function of land, the housing rights and the right to land.

This issue of the collection is also available in French and Spanish .

You can download the issue below:

To order a copy, please send an email to the Coredem coordination team: animation@coredem.info