Download e-book for kindle: Swept Up Lives: Re-envisioning the Homeless City (RGS-IBG by Paul Cloke, Jon May, Sarah Johnsen

By Paul Cloke, Jon May, Sarah Johnsen

Using cutting edge ethnographic examine, Swept Up Lives? demanding situations traditional debts of city homelessness to track the complicated and sundry makes an attempt to deal with homeless humans offers leading edge ethnographic examine which implies a huge shift in point of view within the research and realizing of city homelessnessEmphasizes the moral and emotional geographies of care embodied and played inside homeless companies spacesSuggests that diversified homelessness ‘scenes’ improve somewhere else as a result of diversified historic, political, and cultural responses to the issues confronted

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Neoliberalism and Britain’s Crisis of Street Homelessness The crisis of rough sleeping that unfolded in Britain in the late 1980s remains one of the most potent symbols of the social costs of the Thatcher revolution (Carlen, 1996). When examined through the twin lens of roll-back neoliberalism, with its emphasis upon a ‘free market’ economy and a minimalist state, the roots of that crisis are not difficult to trace. As the Conservative government of 1979–83 embarked upon a radical restructuring of the British space-economy, decimating Britain’s traditional manufacturing base and speeding the move towards a high skill/low skill service economy, the British labour market showed the first signs of growing income and occupational polarization (Mohen, 1999).

At the same time, and in contrast to the previous era, under New Labour day-to-day responsibility for the management and regulation of non-statutory agencies has passed (back) to the local state. Given the degree to which Best Value determines the regulatory framework, however, it is difficult to read such a move as evidence of genuine decentralization. ’ Such a process has been facilitated by a complex restructuring of state personnel. indd 27 3/9/2010 7:04:44 PM 28 SWEPT UP LIVES? especially saw a rapid proliferation of central government appointed ‘special advisors’, acting at both the centre (in the form of various ‘tsars’) and the periphery: chairing the ‘local services consortia’ that have become a key part of the welfare landscape under New Labour.

Neoliberalism and Britain’s Crisis of Street Homelessness The crisis of rough sleeping that unfolded in Britain in the late 1980s remains one of the most potent symbols of the social costs of the Thatcher revolution (Carlen, 1996). When examined through the twin lens of roll-back neoliberalism, with its emphasis upon a ‘free market’ economy and a minimalist state, the roots of that crisis are not difficult to trace. As the Conservative government of 1979–83 embarked upon a radical restructuring of the British space-economy, decimating Britain’s traditional manufacturing base and speeding the move towards a high skill/low skill service economy, the British labour market showed the first signs of growing income and occupational polarization (Mohen, 1999).

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