1st Edition

Faces of Homelessness in the Asia Pacific

Edited By Carole Zufferey, Nilan Yu Copyright 2018
    174 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    174 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Across the Asia Pacific, there are a vast range of experiences of homelessness and an equally diverse range of responses from state systems. Since understandings of homelessness are also heavily dependent on geographical, cultural, and historical contexts, attitudes towards it as a ‘social problem’ are essentially underpinned by ideological considerations.

    With a particular focus on critical and international policy and practice, this book builds upon the current scholarship of homelessness across the Asia Pacific. Through examining and comparing a range of state responses, it explores the differing definitions and lived experiences of the issue in a number of countries, including Japan, China, India, Korea, and Australia. The book analyses a range of key themes from welfare provision and legislation to the services provided and the roles played by non-governmental organisations, whilst also recognising the effects of class, gender and ethnicity on homelessness in the region.

    Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Faces of Homelessness in the Asia Pacific will be useful to students and scholars of Social Policy, Urban Sociology, Psychology and Asian Studies.

    1. The many faces of homelessness: A critical introduction, Carole Zufferey and Nilan Yu

    2. Homelessness and homeless policies in the context of the residual Japanese welfare state, Johannes Kiener and Toshio Mizuuchi

    3. Homelessness in China, Della Qiu and Carole Zufferey

    4. Living homeless in urban India: State and societal responses, Kalpana Goel and Richa Choudhary

    5. Children’s homelessness in Sri Lanka, Eshantha Ariyadasa, Helen McLaren and Janet McIntyre-Mills

    6. Homelessness in Korea: Lived experience and policy issues, Soyoung Kim and Yong-Chang Heo

    7. Homelessness in Hong Kong: The evolution of official homeless assistance and the context of housing, Geerhardt Kornatowski and Hung Wong

    8. A unique sustainable livelihoods strategy: How resilient homeless families survive on the streets of Metro Manila, Philippines, Justin Nicolas and Mel Gray

    9. Homelessness in Australia, Chris Horsell and Carole Zufferey

    10. A portrait of homelessness in the Asia Pacific, Carole Zufferey and Nilan Yu


    Carole Zufferey is a senior lecturer in Social Work at the University of South Australia. Her work includes the recent publication Homelessness and Social work: An intersectional approach (Routledge, 2017).

    Nilan Yu is a lecturer in Social Work at the University of South Australia. He is co-editor of Subversive Action: Extralegal practices for social justice (2015).