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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: 1 October 2009
Keywords: homelessness, poverty management, punitive urban policies, revanchism, third sector
Organisations: Economy Culture & Space, PHEW – C (Care)


Local EPrints ID: 68739
ISSN: 1477-0288
PURE UUID: 10b5bc9d-502b-4c5e-a655-257a04e15e03

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Date deposited: 25 Sep 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:16

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Author: Geoffrey DeVerteuil
Author: Jon May
Author: Jürgen Von Mahs

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