Any space left? Homeless resistance by place-type in Los Angeles County

DeVerteuil, Geoffrey, Marr, Matt and Snow, David (2009) Any space left? Homeless resistance by place-type in Los Angeles County. Urban Geography, 30, (6), 633-651. (doi:10.2747/0272-3638.30.6.633).


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This study develops a more nuanced concept of homeless resistance, incorporating a range of resistance behaviors (exit, adaptation, persistence, and voice) that bridge the gap between current frameworks that either romanticize or ignore it. We also consider the possibility that different kinds of space may theoretically allow for different kinds of resistance. To this end, we employ an ecological approach to homeless space by classifying Los Angeles County into three place-types (prime, transitional, and marginal). We empirically consider the issue of resistance within the hardening context among a group of 25 homeless informants, focusing on whether and how some of them have exercised their voices and sought to ameliorate one or more aspects of their situation, as well as how resistance may vary by place-type.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.2747/0272-3638.30.6.633
ISSNs: 0272-3638 (print)
Keywords: homelessness, resistance, urban ecology, los angeles
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Economy, Culture, Space
ePrint ID: 68738
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
19 August 2009Published
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:54

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