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An Ethnography of the Goodman Building

The Longest Rent Strike


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology book series (PSUA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. The National Context for the Goodman Building

  3. Setting the Scene of the Goodman Building

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-64
    2. Niccolo Caldararo
      Pages 65-80
    3. Niccolo Caldararo
      Pages 81-83
    4. Niccolo Caldararo
      Pages 85-90
  4. The Goodman Building in Transition: From Single Room Occupancy for Temporary Workers to Artist Hotel to Community Action

  5. Communities of Change and Occupation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Niccolo Caldararo
      Pages 209-220
    3. Niccolo Caldararo
      Pages 221-236
    4. Niccolo Caldararo
      Pages 265-284
    5. Niccolo Caldararo
      Pages 285-298
  6. A New Start in a Changing City

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-299

About this book


Through in-depth analysis and narrative investigation of an actual building occupation, Niccolo Caldararo seeks to not only offer an historical account of the Goodman Building in San Francisco, but also focus on the active resistance tactics of its residents from the 1960s to the 1980s. Taking as its focal point the building itself, the volume weaves in and out of every life involved and the struggles that surround it—San Francisco’s urban renewal, ethnic clearing, gentrification, and municipal governance at a time of booming urban growth. Caldararo, a tenant at the center of its strikes and activities, provides a unique perspective that counteracts current trends in ethnographies of urban movements by grounding its analysis in physical and tangible space.


housing eviction urban sociology and anthropology community shared space affordable housing San Francisco, CA Western Addition Occupy Movement

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologySan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA

About the authors

Niccolo Caldararo is Lecturer in Anthropology at San Francisco State University, USA. In addition to academic work on medical anthropology, economic anthropology, and other fields, he is an active consultant in artifact conservation and analysis.

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