Quotation Novy, Andreas, Bärnthaler, Richard, Stadelmann, Basil. 2019. Navigating between Improvement and Habitation: Countermovements in Housing and Urban Infrastructure in Vienna. In: Capitalism in Transformation. Movements and Countermovements in the 21st Century, Hrsg. R. Atzmüller, B. Aulenbacher, U. Brand, F. Décieux, K. Fischer, B. Sauer, 228-245. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.


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This article investigates the history of housing and urban infrastructure in Vienna by analysing the dialectics between improvement and habitation. It will discuss countermovements seeking for habitation in five historical periods: an anti-liberal countermovement (Vienna before 1918), a social-democratic countermovement (Red Vienna, 1919-1934), fascist countermovements (1934-1945), the institutionalisation of the social-democratic countermovement (1945-1989), and its erosion (1989 onwards). This historical analysis demonstrates the ambivalence of anti-market countermovements, as they are not unconditionally promoting holistic forms of social cohesion, peaceful communal life, and emancipation. Improvement is not always destructive and habitation not always unifying. Their outcomes depend on their specific form of implementation and framing. The article ends with a reflection on how to navigate between improvement and habitation today.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Navigating between Improvement and Habitation: Countermovements in Housing and Urban Infrastructure in Vienna
Title of whole publication Capitalism in Transformation. Movements and Countermovements in the 21st Century
Editor R. Atzmüller, B. Aulenbacher, U. Brand, F. Décieux, K. Fischer, B. Sauer
Page from 228
Page to 245
Location Cheltenham
Publisher Edward Elgar Publishing
Year 2019
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/capitalism-in-transformation
ISBN 978 1 78897 423 3
Open Access N

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Novy, Andreas (Details)
Bärnthaler, Richard (Details)
Stadelmann, Basil (Former researcher)
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Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5325 Political economics (Details)
5340 Economic history (Details)
5415 Economic sociology (Details)
5610 Urban development planning (Details)
5611 Urban and regional analysis (Details)
5912 Social sciences (interdisciplinary) (Details)
6525 Urban history (Details)
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