Homelessness and citizenship: exploring the meaning and negotiation of place, space and geography for rough sleepers.

Whiteford, M., 2010. Homelessness and citizenship: exploring the meaning and negotiation of place, space and geography for rough sleepers. PhD Thesis (PhD). Bournemouth University.

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This doctoral thesis, drawing on a detailed ethnographic study of a small voluntary day-centre for rough sleepers in West Dorset, sets out to explore and elucidate the relationship between contemporary citizenship and 'on-street' homelessness. From this empirically grounded basis I show how the vocabulary of rights and responsibilities is profoundly intertwined in the local governance of homelessness. I situate this mode and style of governance within the contours of public policy efforts that seek to recode behaviour and lifestyles deemed to be deviant, irresponsible and, ultimately, self-excluding. In doing this, I offer a critique of the moral economy of responsibility that draws extensively on the perceptions and experiences of homeless people. Ethically, and in conclusion, emphasis is placed on the importance of pursuing critically engaged and empirically sensitive scholarship which takes homeless people's agency into account in ways that have the potential to 'subvert' political and policy judgements linking contemporary citizenship with 'on-street' homelessness.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
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Subjects:Social Sciences > Social Work
Group:School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Social Work and Social Policy
ID Code:15866
Deposited By:Mrs Jill Burns
Deposited On:29 Jul 2010 14:47
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 15:35

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