Youth homelessness increased rapidly during the late 1980s and early 1990s, at a time when street homelessness in particular became increasingly associated in the popular mind with dangerousness and criminality. This book analyzes the construction of homelessness as a social and legal 'problem' and documents young people’s own experiences of homelessness, crime and danger. Drawing on the authors’ own field work in a range of urban and rural locations, the book addresses themes of home and homelessness, of exclusion and marginality and of risk and urban incivilities.
’This book is important reading for anyone interested in homelessness, in the representation of the underclass, in criminology, particularly studies of victimization, or in inner-city ecology. Reading this book would also be very useful for research students in sociology, geography and social policy in order for them to get the feel of how research is conducted and written up…This is an important contribution offering a distinct historical approach to the analysis of social attitude.’ Urban Studies ’…an engaging and informative book…a rich investigation and analysis of the multifaceted nature of the homeless experience…particularly informative to academics, practitioners and students…’ Youth Justice '…provides an insight into the historical basis for more contemporary attitudes towards the homeless. It is a descriptive, thorough, historical, literary, and legislative account of the relationship of crime to homelessness.' Youth and Policy
Contents: Researching homelessness; From vagabond age to homelessness; Representing homelessness and crime; The unaccommodated woman; Homelessness and victimization; Regulating homeless spaces; Epilogue; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.