International Perspectives on Homelessness

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Overview

Homelessness strikes in all types of nations, from wealthy western nations to poor undeveloped countries. Each government and culture attends to this worldwide problem differently. This work collects eleven case studies of selected countries from around the world in order to offer a wide perspective on the dilemma of homelessness. Students can use this ready reference to compare and contrast homelessness populations, analyze the ways in which various countries approach this issue, and to evaluate what is precluding and encouraging this reaching issue.

The problem of homelessness is clearly defined here from a global perspective. In addition, the history and resulting conflicts that have risen from homelessness are outlined. This ready reference analyzes the metamorphosis of the homelessness, what solutions have been suggested, and how effective these solutions have been. Students will learn to think critically about homelessness and what the future holds for each country as it battles with this seemingly unavoidable occurence.

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Meet the Author

VALERIE POLAKOW is Professor of Education at Eastern Michigan University and author of Living on the Edge: Single Mothers and their Children in the Other America.

CINDY GUILLEAN is researcher and editorial assistant at the University of Michigan School of Social Work.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The Changing Face of Homelessness in Europe 3
2 Homelessness in Sweden: An Avoidable Problem 39
3 Understanding Homelessness and Social Policy in Denmark 65
4 Homelessness in Germany: Housing Poverty in a Wealthy Country 85
5 Homelessness in a Mediterranean Country: The Case of Greece 119
6 Housing and Homelessness in England 135
7 "Share the Spirit": Homelessness in Australia 161
8 Poverty Amidst Plenty: Homelessness in the United States 195
9 Bringing It All Back Home: Homelessness and Alternative Housing Policies among Urban Squatters in Buenos Aires, Argentina 215
10 Democracy and Homelessness in Brazil 239
11 Mapping the Terrains of Homelessness in Postcolonial Kenya 263
12 Houses for All? Post-Apartheid Housing Policy and Shelter Needs in South Africa 289
Index 309
About the Contributors 315
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