Homelessness And Social Policy

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Overview

The problem of homelessness is deeply emblematic of the sort of society Britain has become. What other social phenomena could better epitomise the end of modernity than our seeming inability to adequately respond to the most basic needs - shelter, warmth, food - of substantial numbers of our 'citizens'? Homelessness and Social Policy offers a dispassionate analysis of the problem of homelessness and the policy responses it has so far invoked.
By reviewing theoretical and legal conceptualisations of homelessness and presenting extensive statistical analyses, this book considers the impact of the experience of homelessness and the policy responses. Homelessness and Social Policy will prove to be invaluable to students of social and public policy, health studies, housing studies and sociology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415154567
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/2/1997
  • Pages: 288
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Burrows is Assistant Director and Nicholas Pleace and Deborah Quilgars are Research Fellows at the Centre for Housing Policy, University of York

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Table of Contents

List of tables
Notes on contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Homelessness in contemporary Britain: conceptualisation and measurement 1
2 Homelessness and the law 19
3 Theorising homelessness: contemporary sociological and feminist perspectives 35
4 The social distribution of the experience of homelessness 50
5 The characteristics of single homeless people in England 69
6 Mortgage arrears, mortgage possessions and homelessness 88
7 Soldiering on? Theorising homelessness amongst ex-servicemen 109
8 The housing needs of ex-prisoners 123
9 The health of single homeless people 132
10 Health, homelessness and access to health care services in London 149
11 Rehousing single homeless people 159
12 Opening doors in the private rented sector: developments in assistance with access 172
13 The capacity of the private rented sector to house homeless households 189
14 Hostels: a useful policy and practice response? 203
15 Addressing the problem of youth homelessness, and unemployment: the contribution of foyers 216
16 Working together to help homeless people: an examination of inter-agency themes 229
References 243
Index 257
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