The Culture of Homelessness by Megan Ravenhill PDF

By Megan Ravenhill

Regardless of an in depth literature on homelessness there's strangely little paintings that investigates the roots of homelessness via monitoring homeless humans through the years. during this attention-grabbing and much-needed ethnographic examine, Megan Ravenhill provides the result of ten years' learn at the streets and within the hostels and day-centres of the united kingdom, incorporating in depth interviews with a hundred and fifty homeless and previously homeless humans in addition to coverage makers and pros operating with homeless people.Ravenhill discusses the biographical, structural and behavioural elements that bring about homelessness. among the $64000 and specified gains of the learn are: using life-route maps exhibiting the situations and judgements that result in homelessness, a scientific examine of the timescales concerned, and a survey of people's go out routes from homelessness. Ravenhill additionally identifies elements that expect these so much susceptible to homelessness and components that hinder or significantly hold up the onset of homelessness.

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Therefore a ‘home’ has a significant role to play in the stability of society and the socialization of society members (young and old). Without that stability, there is a whole range of ‘hazards’ that beset a person, which include those associated with health and hygiene, personal safety, and mental health (also Hiscock et al. 2001). Jahiel’s (1992) definition of the notion of ‘home’, however, is predominantly concerned with home as a physical structure, rather than a ‘lived experience’ that is part of memories, ontological identity, emotions and mental well-being.

Coates (1990) notes the Jungian viewpoint that the homeless are ‘the shadow, the darker, harsher side of life and of humanity’, a side with which we would rather not be confronted. Homelessness in England has existed at least since the Middle Ages (Cope 1990). Yet people have never been comfortable with seeing people sitting and sleeping on the streets. Historically numerous ways of preventing homelessness have been tried, or at least ways of preventing people from sleeping rough. Coates (1990), however, suggests that for some unknown, perhaps perverse, reasons, we need a visible darker, harsher side of life to assist with the rest of society’s ontological security.

7 See Esping-Anderson (1990). 8 See Marpsat (2005). 9 Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain. 1 European definitions of homelessness Country Type of definition Emphasis of definition(s) Sources Bulgaria Statistical Housing Welfare Dandolova 2005 Denmark Social exclusion Continuum Social process Welfare France Housing Statistical Hungary Social process Italy Welfare No official definition, no strategy for counting; ‘no people, no problems’ Based on rooflessness and housing status (shared housing; temporary shelter) Secondary cause being unemployment, capacity to work, poverty, asylum seekers and Roma displacement Social exclusion is synonymous with homelessness People have ‘right’ to shelter not housing Definitions derived from existing projects/services Association between childhood factors and homelessness People’s lack of housing is due to the individual’s social and mental problems Based predominantly on housing (quality and type) The ‘norm’ approach Other contributing factors are causes or correlates of the housing problem Loss of housing is last phase of a social process Personal factors – including poor social networks, poverty Roofless, those living in shelters for the homeless Economic factors in post-socialist state – including mass unemployment Primarily caused by poverty: extreme hardship, multiple deprivation Social welfare problem, focusing on serious marginalization and desocialization No housing – part of the multiple problems of ‘no abode’ Brandt 1992 Stax 2003 Marpsat 2003a Clanché 2000 Marpsat and Firdion 2000 Tosics et al.

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