This chapter explores the debates about the causation of homelessness. The first part of this chapter looks at the history of how homelessness has been interpreted. The second part looks at the important role of evidence and how it has informed debate, generating important new ideas about the nature of homelessness and also examines the persistence of ‘zombie ideas’ about causation that take little account of the evidence base. This chapter concludes by arguing that the most widespread narratives about changing explanations for homelessness tend to oversimplify a diverse mix of often ideologically driven ideas that have formed at varying degrees of distance from an incomplete evidence base.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge Handbook of Homelessness|
|Editors||Joanne Bretherton, Nicholas Pleace|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 22 May 2023|