Law & Social Inquiry

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Edited By: Edited by Christopher W. Schmidt. Review Section Editor: Howard S. Erlanger

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 74/139 (Law)

Online ISSN: 1747-4469

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2013 Graduate Student Paper Competition Announcement

We are pleased to announce the results of Law and Social Inquiry’s 2013 Graduate Student Paper Competition. The winner is Esther Sullivan, a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department at the University of Texas at Austin. The Editors offer their sincere congratulations. The winning paper will be published during 2014 in a forthcoming issue of the Journal. In the meantime, we are pleased to take this opportunity to honor and acknowledge our winning author and to supply readers with the abstract of the paper as a foretaste of what to expect.

Halfway Homeowners: Eviction and Forced Relocation in a Florida Manufactured Home Park

By Esther Sullivan

The last four decades of US housing policy have seen a shift from the federal allocation of affordable housing as a public good to the neoliberal model of private and for-profit provision of affordable housing. This shift warrants a study of the link between the interests that now shape low-income housing markets and the stability of the housing they provide. Nowhere are the effects of this shift more evident than in the homes of the 20 million Americans living in manufactured housing, which is installed largely on the private lands of for-profit developers who can close mobile home parks and force residents to move themselves and their homes with as little as 30 days' notice. This ethnography of mass eviction in a Florida mobile home park examines state regulations intended to protect residents of closing parks and analyzes how private interests shape the implementation of these policies.