The issue of homelessness has become extremely important in policy debates during the 1990s. Yet analysis that links the phenomenon of homelessness to wider debates about the changing social and economic environment remains relatively underdeveloped.
This important new book brings together contemporary theoretical debates and original empirical research in order to explore the nature, experience and impact of social change in the new 'landscape of precariousness', in which new sets of risks and uncertainties have emerged.
It adopts a multi-disciplinary approach, which is essential in developing a more subtle understanding of both the complex processes leading to, and the experience of, homelessness.
Central to contemporary theory and practice is the enhancement of our understanding of how homelessness, disadvantage and social exclusion impact differently on various social groups. Homelessness provides a strong contribution to the academic debate, and is essential reading for students and researchers in a range of subject areas, including housing studies, social policy, socio-legal studies and public administration.
This book offers a collection of interesting, diverse and up-to-date papers on the changing nature of homelessness in the UK and elsewhere. It will certainly become a key text for the foreseeable future. Housing Studies.
Will become essential reading for everybody who is concerned about the problems of homelessness and wants to understand those problems better.
This book will undoubtedly contribute to the development of both theory and practice around homelessness.
Contents: Exploring the new terrain ~ Alex Marsh and Patricia Kennett; The new landscape of precariousness ~ Ray Forrest; Homelessness, citizenship and social exclusion ~ Patricia Kennett; Homelessness in rural areas: an invisible issue? ~ Paul Cloke, Paul Milbourne and Rebekah Widdowfield; A home is where the heart is: engendering notions of homelessness ~ Sophie Watson; Theorising homelessness and 'race' ~ Malcolm Harrison; The criminalisation of homelessness, begging and street living ~ Gary Fooks and Christina Pantazis; The homelessness legislation as a vehicle for marginalisation: making an example out of the paedophile ~ David Cowan and Rose Gilroy; Old and homeless: a double jeopardy ~ Derek Hawes; Homelessness in Russia: the scope of the problem and the remedies in place ~ Yana Beigulenko; Implementing 'joined-up thinking': multiagency services for single homeless people in Bristol ~ Jenny Pannell and Siân Parry; Models of resettlement for the homeless in the European Union ~ Brian Harvey.