Visualizing homelessness: a study in photography and estrangement
Radley, A., Hodgetts, D. J. & Cullen, A. M.(2005). Visualizing homelessness: a study in photography and estrangement. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 15(4), 273-295.
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This article reports a qualitative study of how homeless people visualize their life in hostels and on the streets of London. Using a photo-production technique, the research enabled participants to show their situation as well as to tell about their experiences. Participants were given cameras and asked to take photographs typical of their day as homeless people, this material being the subject of a subsequent interview. This provided both visual and text data that were analysed together so as to establish different engagements of the participants with the city and with domiciled people. Presenting the material from six of the participants, these different engagements are described with reference to issues of estrangement, exclusion and visualization employed as explanatory concepts. The article identifies and compares the different ways in which homeless people attempt not only to survive but also to [make their home] in the city.
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