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From the Publisher“For a Proper Home is a work of great historical, ethnographic, and theoretical power. Murphy offers a fresh and fascinating account of the politics of housing on the periphery of Santiago, Chile. Beyond the specific case, this exploration of 'insurgent ownership' will certainly advance theoretical and political understandings of the liberal state, and of the contours of urban citizenship across the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. A breakthrough in urban anthropology.
—Jeff Maskovsky, Queens College, City University of New York
“For a Proper Home is a first-rate piece of scholarship and major contribution to the contemporary history of Chile, combining in innovative ways rigorous archival research with rich ethnographic field work. It will be welcomed by Latin Americanist scholars in a number of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, history, and urban studies, and those interested in the politics and history of housing policy, urban space, and urban social movements.”
—Thomas Klubock, University of Virginia