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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: 19 August 2009
Keywords: homelessness, resistance, urban ecology, los angeles
Organisations: Economy Culture & Space, PHEW – C (Care)


Local EPrints ID: 68738
ISSN: 0272-3638
PURE UUID: b0a0759c-934f-4d92-9018-e40d29e453c9

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Date deposited: 24 Sep 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:16

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Author: Geoffrey DeVerteuil
Author: Matt Marr
Author: David Snow

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