Strategies forInSituHome Improvement in Romanian Large Housing Estates

Adriana Mihaela Soaita
  • Housing Studies, October 2012, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2012.725833

Romanian Large Housing Estates

What is it about?

Drawing on qualitative interviews with residents, this article explains the challenges of managing owner-occupied flats in the communist-built housing estates: how the collective system of utility provision has been adapted for individual metering; and how residents finance the maintenance of their common property (lifts, roofs, halls).

Why is it important?

This papers challenges both the over-generalist idea of the 'tragedy of of the commons' as well as the 'tragedy of the private goods' by looking through the lens of enacted practices.

Perspectives

Dr Adriana Mihaela Soaita (Author)

Being a block resident myself just as my respondents, this research posed intriguing questions: will I be able to observe and elicit new insights from what I was already knowing too well? How will I break down my own taken-for-granted beliefs about the social life in a communist block of flats? This is how I learn being self-reflective on my positionality as a researcher.

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