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Drifting along or dropping into homelessness: A class analysis of responses to homelessness

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dc.contributor.author Hodgetts, Darrin
dc.contributor.author Stolte, Ottilie Emma Elisabeth
dc.contributor.author Nikora, Linda Waimarie
dc.contributor.author Groot, Shiloh Ann Maree
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-26T02:19:59Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-26T02:19:59Z
dc.date.copyright 2012-09-11
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Hodgetts, D., Stolte, O., Nikora, L.W., & Groot, S. (2012). Drifting along or dropping into homelessness: A class analysis of responses to homelessness. Antipode, 44(4), 1209-1226. en_NZ
dc.identifier.issn 1467-8330
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10289/6658
dc.description.abstract Prominent assumptions about street homelessness and how it should be addressed originate primarily from middle class domiciled worldviews. This article draws on interviews with 58 street homeless people to develop a typology for explaining different forms of homelessness resulting from differences in class of origin. The concepts of social distance and abjection are used to illustrate how class politics manifests in street homelessness and in responses to this issue. Many of our homeless participants referred to two broad groupings of homeless people who display distinct experiences and cultures in their daily lives on the streets. Drifters are people who do not experience homelessness as a sharp disjuncture from their previously housed life. Street homelessness is a continuation of the hardships of their lower class backgrounds. Droppers are people who have “fallen” on hard times and aspire to return to mainstream middle class lifeworlds. Differentiating between these two groups provides a space for defamiliarizing dominant understandings of, and current generic responses to, homelessness and foregrounds the need for reorienting services to better meet the needs of drifters. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Wiley en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartof Antipode
dc.subject Abjection en_NZ
dc.subject Class en_NZ
dc.subject Domicile en_NZ
dc.subject Homelessness en_NZ
dc.subject Social distance en_NZ
dc.subject Social services en_NZ
dc.title Drifting along or dropping into homelessness: A class analysis of responses to homelessness en_NZ
dc.type Journal Article en_NZ
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1467-8330.2011.00977.x en_NZ


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