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Homelessness A Critical Introduction

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2023-11-29
  • Publisher: Polity

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Homelessness is a punishing condition that inflicts unquestionable harm on those who experience it. It is also a social problem that starkly lays bare deep societal failure.
As this book shows, society – along with the public policy measures intended to address it – treats being homeless as an identity, casting those who experience homelessness as fundamentally different from ‘us’. To be homeless is to face daily victimization, to be a recipient of someone else’s care and to have autonomy taken away. Cameron Parsell shows that we have at our disposal the knowledge and momentum to demonstrably reduce and even end homelessness. Our first task in this pursuit is to confront the fact that homelessness is a relatively predictable phenomenon that disproportionately impacts people who are failed by society in myriad ways. We must then respond to the problem in ways that understand and thus do not recreate the dehumanizing conditions experienced by those who are homeless. Homelessness is a choice: of how we organize society.

Sketching the defining features of homelessness, this critical introduction will be a valuable resource for students studying homelessness, housing, marginality and poverty across the social sciences and social work.

Author Biography

Cameron Parsell is Professor of Social Science at the University of Queensland.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What is Homelessness?

Chapter 2: Homelessness as a Societal Problem

Chapter 3: Homelessness as the Experience of Violence

Chapter 4: Being a Homeless Service User: Dependence and Autonomy

Chapter 5: The Experience of Homelessness: Identity and Identification

Chapter 6: What Can Societies Do about Homelessness?

Chapter 7: Supportive Housing Models

Chapter 8: What Should We Do about Homelessness?

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