Complexity not collapse: recasting the geographies of homelessness in a ‘punitive’ age

DeVerteuil, Geoffrey, May, Jon and Von Mahs, Jürgen (2009) Complexity not collapse: recasting the geographies of homelessness in a ‘punitive’ age. Progress in Human Geography, 33, (5), 646-666. (doi:10.1177/0309132508104995).


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Over the past decade there has been a proliferation of work on homelessness by geographers.Much of this has been framed by the desire to connect discussions of homelessness to
wider debates around gentrifi cation, urban restructuring and the politics of public space. Though such work has been helpful in shifting discussions of homelessness into the mainstream geographical literature, too much of it remains narrowly framed within a US metric of knowledge and too closely focused upon the recent punitive turn in urban social policy. Here we advance instead a framework that recognizes the growing multiplicy of homeless geographies in recent years under policies that
are better understood as multifaceted and ambivalent rather than only punitive.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1177/0309132508104995
ISSNs: 0309-1325 (print)
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Keywords: homelessness, poverty management, punitive urban policies, revanchism, third sector
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (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: 68739
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
1 October 2009Published
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:54

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