1st Edition

The Homeless Person in Contemporary Society

By Cameron Parsell Copyright 2018
    140 Pages
    by Routledge

    138 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The homeless person is thought to be different. Whereas we get to determine our difference or sameness, the homeless person’s difference is imposed upon them and assumed to be known because of their homelessness. Exclusion from housing – either a commodity that should be accessed from the market or social provision – signifies the homeless person’s incapacities and failure to function in what are presented as unproblematic social systems.

    Drawing on a program of research spanning ten years, this book provides an empirically grounded account of the lives and identities of people who are homeless. It illustrates that people with chronic experiences of homelessness have relatively predictable biographies characterised by exclusion, poverty, and trauma from early in life. Early experiences of exclusion continue to pervade the lives of people who are homeless in adulthood, yet they identify with family and normative values as a means of imaging aspirational futures.

    Acknowledgements; Introduction; Chapter 1: The Homeless Person; Chapter 2: Conceptualising Identities, Human Agency, and Choice; Chapter 3: Identities and Being Homeles; Chapter 4: Choices; Chapter 5: The Service System and The Homeless Person; Conclusion; Index


    Cameron Parsell  is a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia.