Changing homelessness services: revanchism, 'professionalisation' and resistance

Scullion, Lisa, Somerville, Peter, Brown, Philip and Morris, Gareth (2015) Changing homelessness services: revanchism, 'professionalisation' and resistance. Health & social care in the community, 23 (4). pp. 419-427. ISSN 0966-0410

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This paper argues that the increasing international salience of homelessness can be partially explained by reference to the revanchist thesis (involving processes of coerced exclusion and abjection), but the situation on the ground is more complex. It reports on interviews with 18 representatives of 11 homelessness service providers in one city in England. As Cloke et al. found, these providers tended to be either larger, more 'professional', 'insider' services or smaller, more 'amateur', 'outsider' services. However, this does not mean that the former were necessarily more revanchist and the latter less so. Rather, the actions of both types of organisation could, in some cases, be construed as both advancing and counteracting a revanchist project.

Keywords:professionalisation, Collaboration, Communities of practice, leadership, NotOAChecked
Subjects:L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:06 Jan 2016 09:33

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