"Mass" Housing in the Social and Post-Social Worlds: Reading Hannah Arendt's "Mass Society"

Andy Stoane (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

In The Human Condition (1958), Hannah Arendt predicated her thesis on societal introspection on what she called “mass society” - a population which had rapidly grown, urbanised and atomised, bringing new imperatives for humans to live together in vast numbers and with closer proximities. Throughout, Arendt discusses how shifting boundaries of public and private define our cities and our lives. As her mass society of three billion now approaches eight billion, how has the relationship between public and private - city and household - played out in the staggering population growth of the sixty years since her book? This paper will explore how these six decades since the publication of The Human Condition have seen fundamental transformations in the way we understand what we now call housing, its relationship with the city, and its relationship with collective life.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalArchitecture and Culture
Early online date7 Oct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Arendt
  • housing
  • population growth
  • mass society
  • Unité d’Habitation
  • Barbican

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