Francoism and the triumph of home ownership, 1939-1975: the case of Nou Barris
Document typeConference lecture
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ProjectLA REVOLUCION DEL ENTORNO COTIDIANO OBRERO Y POPULAR. VIVIENDA Y ESPACIO URBANO EN EL DISTRITO DE NOU BARRIS DE BARCELONA, 1950-1975 (AEI-HAR2017-82965-R)
The various responses to the economic situation and the excruciating issue of housing during the long, unstable period of Franco’s regime, during which there was high immigration and steep growth in large cities, led to the consolidation of high percentages of homeownership. Homeownership was particularly notable in the working-class suburbs of urban agglomerations. This was a real cultural mutation that, due to its divergence from European housing policies, is a good focus of analysis to explore some specific characteristics of the housing problem during the Franco regime. Through a literature review and the use of primary sources (building permits, building and housing censuses and population registers), the ongoing research on Barcelona questions whether the divergence from other European countries is mainly a Falangist cultural legacy, as suggested recently, or more closely related to the process of economic liberalisation. As greater access to homeownership coincided with a revolution in ways of living and new relations with the neighbourhood, it should also be questioned whether it influenced the high number of neighbourhood movements during the decline of Franco’s regime.
CitationGuardia, M. [et al.]. Francoism and the triumph of home ownership, 1939-1975: the case of Nou Barris. A: International Planning History Society Conference. "Proceedings of the 19th International Planning History Society Conference: International Planning History Society Proceedings, 2022, vol. 19, n. 1". Delft: TU Delft, 2022, p. 559-571. ISBN 2468-6956. DOI 10.7480/iphs.2022.1.6475.