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The Routledge Handbook of Homelessness

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ISBN 9780815362104
May 8, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
504 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Homelessness brings together many of the world’s leading scholars in the field to provide a cutting-edge overview of classic and current research and future trends in the subject.

Comprised of 41 chapters and divided into 4 parts, the handbook includes

  • A comprehensive introduction to homelessness, referring to history, culture, causation, and definitions
  • Contemporary and historical debates around homelessness in different academic disciplines
  • Homelessness relating to gender, sexuality, youth, families, migration, rurality, veterans and health
  • A range of country-specific studies to illustrate the ways in which homelessness is researched and understood around the World
  • Methods of engagement and modes of analysis

With contributors from around the world and editors from the Centre of Housing Policy at the University of York this handbook provides a groundbreaking and authoritative guide to theory, method and the primary interdisciplinary debates of today on homelessness. It will be essential reading for students, academics and professionals across the disciplines of sociology, human geography, public policy, housing policy, social policy, social work, economics and criminology.

Table of Contents

1.The Role of the Handbook.  Section One – An Introduction to Homelessness.  2.Historical Perspectives on Homelessness.  3.Causation.  4.Defining and Counting Homelessness.  5.Responding to Homelessness: making the human right to housing a reality in Scotland?.  6.Homelessness and Welfare Systems.  7.COVID-19.  Section Two – Homelessness across Different Disciplines.  8.Crime, Punishment and Homelessness.  9.Homelessness and Social Work: Current Challenges and Future Opportunities.  10.Homelessness in Human Geography.  11.Homelessness Through a Feminist Lens.  12.Evidence-Based Approaches to Guide Health Providers for People Experiencing Vulnerable Housing and Complex Needs.  Section Three - The Dimensions of Homelessness.  13.Gender.  14.LGBTQ+ People and Homelessness.  15.Youth.  16.Children and Families.  17.Migration and Ethnicity.  18.Rural Dimensions of Homelessness.  19.Veteran Homelessness.  20.Homelessness and health through the lens of social quality.  21.Complex Needs and Housing First.  22.Homelessness and Substance Use.  23.Costs.  Section Four – International Experience of Homelessness.  24.Home Truths: Homelessness in Australia.  25.Modern Mass Homelessness in Canada.  26.Homelessness in China.  27.Homelessness in Denmark.  28.Homelessness in Finland.  29.Homelessness in Germany.  30.Homelessness in Hungary.  31.Ireland and Homelessness.  32.Homelessness in Italy.  33.Homelessness in Japan.  34.Homelessness in Poland.  35.Homelessness in Portugal.  36.Homelessness in Slovenia.  37.Sweden.  38.UK.  39.Homelessness in the United States.  40.Homelessness in Montevideo: policy implications and future challenges.  41.Homelessness Futures.

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Joanne Bretherton, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Social Justice and Criminology and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Housing Policy at the School for Business and Society at the University of York.

Nicholas Pleace, Prof. is Director of the Centre for Housing Policy at the School for Business and Society at the University of York and a member of the European Observatory on Homelessness, operating under the auspices of FEANTSA.