Researching Homelessness in Europe: Theoretical Perspectives

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-44
Number of pages26
JournalEuropean Journal of Homelessness
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2016


  • homelessness
  • Theory

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