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Engels and the perennial housing crisis

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On the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx's death, the writings of his friend Frederick Engels on the inability of capitalism to resolve the perennial housing crisis retain their relevance. This article discusses Engels's work on the subject and relates it to contemporary issues, including the Grenfell Tower disaster. Housing has been described as the 'defining social issue of our time' and has multiple implications for social workers and the future of public policy.
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Keywords: COUNCIL HOUSING; DIVIDED CITIES; ENGELS; GRENFELL TOWER; HOUSING

Document Type: Commentary

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Publication date: 01 August 2018

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