Manufacturers

The Housing Monster

The Housing Monster

The Housing Monster is a scathing illustrated essay that takes one seemingly simple, everyday thing—a house—and looks at the social relations that surround it.

More details


£7.77

Availability: This product is no longer in stock

The Housing Monster is a scathing illustrated essay that takes one seemingly simple, everyday thing—a house—and looks at the social relations that surround it. Moving from intensely personal thoughts and interactions to large-scale political and economic forces, it reads alternately like a worker’s diary, a short story, a psychology of everyday life, a historical account, an introduction to Marxist critique of political economy, and an angry flyer someone would pass you on the street.

Starting with the construction site and the physical building of houses, the book slowly builds and links more and more issues together: from gentrification and city politics to gender roles and identity politics, from subcontracting and speculation to union contracts and negotiation, from individual belief, suffering, and resistance to structural division, necessity, and instability. What starts as a look at housing broadens into a critique of capitalism as a whole. The text is accompanied by clean black-and-white illustrations that are mocking, beautiful, and bleak.

Praise:

“A thorough and easy-to-read analysis of the fight at the construction site and what the conditions are for the struggle in the city and for the land.”
—Kämpa Tillsammans!

“Part illustrated guide to Marx, part analysis of the everyday consequences of producing and consuming housing as a commodity, and part revolutionary call to arms!”
Aufheben

“Looking for a place to dwell? Or even for an entirely new world to live in? But maybe you’re afraid radical theory is boring? Then The Housing Monster is the book for you. The author of the now classic Abolish Restaurants has come to grips with another vital issue: the housing question. Class analysis + a critique of daily life + uncensored innovative graphics + more... Enjoy!”
—Gilles Dauvé

"In this persuasive chapbook, author Prole.info utilize words and illustrations to tell two intriguing parallel stories: first, what the food service industry entails for those who work in the restaurants themselves, and then, the political and social implications of eating establishments on local economies and working people."
—Dotrad.com on Abolish Restaurants

"The entire booklet is enthralling, perhaps especially so if you don't already know what goes on behind the scenes for underpaid, non-unionized restaurant workers in the United States."
—Change.org on Abolish Restaurants

About Prole.info:

The author is an anonymous North American worker whose writings and illustrations can be found on www.prole.info.

Product Details:

Author: Prole.info
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-60486-530-1
Published August 2012
Format: Paperback
Size: 8.5 by 5.5
Page count: 160 Pages

Cart  

No products

£0.00 Shipping
£0.00 Total

Cart Check out

New products

  • Maximum Rocknroll *412 Sep 2017
  • The Way Out by Kasper Opstrup
Maximum Rocknroll *412 Sep 2017
Includes ... Alice Bag, Rhany Torres on Manila’s Brave New World gigs,...
Read more
The Way Out by Kasper Opstrup
The Way Out. Invisible Insurrections and Radical Imaginaries in the UK...
Read more
Profits and Property sticker
Profits and property should never be more important than people, We must...
Read more
Jump off a Bridge sticker
If a majority voted for you to jump off a bridge, would you? A sticker...
Read more
Romantic Rationalist: A William Godwin Reader
This handy collection of Godwin’s key writings in a clear and concise...
Read more
Breaking the Spell: A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas
Breaking the Spell offers the first full-length study that charts the...
Read more
Wielding Words like Weapons: Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1995–2005 by Ward Churchill
Wielding Words like Weapons is a collection of acclaimed American Indian...
Read more
Pacifism as Pathology
Pacifism as Pathology: Reflections on the Role of Armed Struggle in...
Read more
Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual
Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual tells how to put strategy into...
Read more
Rad Families: A Celebration
Rad Families: A Celebration honors the messy, the painful, the playful,...
Read more
Out of the Ruins
Out of the Ruins: The Emergence of Radical Informal Learning Spaces...
Read more
Catechism of the Revolutionist by Sergei Nechayev
How to run a revolution hardcore style from the era of Bakunin et al....
Read more
The Green One
Paul Cadenec produces a book of poetry.
Read more
Maximum Rocknroll *411 Aug 2017
Pinoy Punk Special featuring the SF Bay Area’s Aklasan Fest, Manila...
Read more
Veganarchy, Chaos and Destruction
A totally DIY zine dedicated to veganism. This first riotous episode...
Read more

» All new products