Seminar: The Class and Gender Struggles of Public Housing Tenants

Seminar: The Class and Gender Struggles of Public Housing Tenants

Wednesday 3rd April at 1pm in F1030
 
The Class and Gender Struggles of Public Housing Tenants - Dr John Bissett
 
Having previously written a book on the subject of urban regeneration, reading what was written on social housing in Ireland and finding a lot of it unsatisfactory, John Bissett decided to research the lives of public housing tenants in more depth. The reason he felt that this is important is that we often find ourselves talking and telling stories about tenants but actually quite little is really understood about their lives. In this talk John will discuss fieldwork he has been undertaking over the past 4 years in one particular public housing estate in Dublin. 
 
John Bissett is a community worker with the Canal Communities Regional Addiction Service, and has been active in community, national and international political groupings since the 1980s. He is on the management committee of Rialto Youth Project and is a member of the St Michael's Estate Regeneration team as well as Housing Action Now. Most recently, he has been working on a durational ethnographic research project entitled ‘The Class and Gender Struggles of Public Housing Tenants’ due to be published in 2019. He is author of the book 'Regeneration: Public Good or Private Profit’. He was a founder member of the ‘Spectacle of Defiance and Hope’ – an arts-based creative resistance movement to the imposition of neo-liberal austerity programmes in Ireland. John has worked and linked in with communities in Limerick for many years.
 
Seminars convened by Dr. Martin J. Power, Course Director, MA in Sociology (Youth, Community and Social Regeneration)