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Researching Homelessness in Europe: Theoretical Perspectives

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JournalEuropean Journal of Homelessness
DateAccepted/In press - 28 Nov 2016
DatePublished (current) - 30 Dec 2016
Issue number3
Volume10
Number of pages26
Pages (from-to)19-44
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper explores the theoretical developments in homelessness research and relates them to the European context. The paper asserts that European academics have relied too heavily on American research and evidence, and that there are dangers in using these ideas and data to interpret European homelessness. The increased emphasis on individual characteristics and actions in theoretical debates about homelessness is considered and the importance of new arguments that homeless people exercise controls over the nature of their homelessness is explored. Finally, the paper discusses how to take forward analysis of a social problem that has both individual and structural elements.

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  • homelessness, Theory

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