Representing Homelessness

Clayton, Owen, ed. (2021) Representing Homelessness. Proceedings of the British Academy . Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780197267240

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This volume analyses the representation and self-representation of homelessness. It argues that the representation of homelessness is not a peripheral issue, but in fact is key to tackling the problem.

The volume is interested in ‘representation’ in the media, literary texts, and social policy documents, but also in the political sense of how charity and governmental organisations seek to ‘represent’ people with experience of homelessness. It describes how people affected by homelessness are perceived as objects (‘dehumanised perception’) created by the process of Othering.

Homelessness Studies publications typically focus on the Social Sciences. This volume, in contrast, is innovative in its cross-disciplinary nature. It features research from the Arts, Humanities, Science and the Social Sciences, exploring what these areas can offer each other. It also includes writing by people with lived experience of homelessness.

The volume argues that stereotypical representations of homelessness, while useful for charity fundraising, do more harm than good. It also argues that focussing on the talent and ability of people experiencing homelessness is a way to combat Othering and dehumanised perception. It concludes that organisations tasked with dealing with homelessness must include greater representation from people with direct ‘lived experience’ of homelessness.

Keywords:Homelessness, Representation, Storytelling, stereotyping, images of homelessness, self-representation, othering, framing, multi-disciplinarity, Vagrancy, 1824 Vagrancy Act
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P131 Museum studies
R European Languages, Literature and related subjects > R722 Polish Literature
W Creative Arts and Design > W640 Photography
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K450 Housing
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V230 American History
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B140 Neuroscience
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V320 Social History
L Social studies > L610 Social and Cultural Anthropology
C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P305 Paper-based Media studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:44689
Deposited On:02 Jun 2021 13:15

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