The local state and homeless shelters: beyond revanchism?

Deverteuil, Geoffrey (2006) The local state and homeless shelters: beyond revanchism? Cities, 23, (2), 109-120. (doi:10.1016/j.cities.2005.08.004).


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Within a context of the purported punitive or revanchist city, I examine a seemingly more accommodating, social welfare response to homelessness—the homeless shelter—and examine if it may provide an empirical and theoretical counterweight to the current understandings of homelessness that narrowly focus on anti-homeless ordinances and expulsion from public spaces. Upon an empirical profiling of the provision, location, growth and form of shelters in the city of Los Angeles (1996–2000), I surmise that there was little evidence to suggest that Los Angeles shelters were systematically punitive/revanchist. I then propose an alternative framework—poverty management—to understand homeless regulation in a more managerial and ambivalent way.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.cities.2005.08.004
ISSNs: 0264-2751 (print)
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Keywords: homeless shelters, local state, revanchism, poverty management
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Economy, Culture, Space
ePrint ID: 55360
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
April 2006Published
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:35

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