Despite an extensive literature on homelessness there is surprisingly little work that investigates the roots of homelessness by tracking homeless people over time. In this fascinating and much-needed ethnographic study, Megan Ravenhill presents the results of ten years' research on the streets and in the hostels and day-centres of the UK, incorporating intensive interviews with 150 homeless and formerly homeless people as well as policy makers and professionals working with homeless people. Ravenhill discusses the biographical, structural and behavioural factors that lead to homelessness. Amongst the important and unique features of the study are: the use of life-route maps showing the circumstances and decisions that lead to homelessness, a systematic study of the timescales involved, and a survey of people's exit routes from homelessness. Ravenhill also identifies factors that predict those most vulnerable to homelessness and factors that prevent or considerably delay the onset of homelessness.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Megan Ravenhill is Honorary Visiting Lecturer at Kingston University, working on a pilot internet project on how to make accessible information on avoiding homelessness. Prior to this she worked on the 'What is Homelessness?' research project at the Centre for Housing and Community Research in the Cities Institute at London Metropolitan University and was a member of the Centre for Understanding Homeless Populations (CUHP), a European Commission-funded research network. Dr Ravenhill studied for her PhD at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), London School of Economics. She has conducted research for organisations including The Community Fund, DTLR Supporting People Programme, London Borough of Camden, Centrepoint, the Gatsby foundation and Keychange.
Table of ContentsContents: Preface; Introduction; Defining homelessness; Homelessness: theoretical perspectives; Homelessness: British policy overview; Research framework; Routes into homelessness; Homeless culture; Exit routes from homelessness; Conclusions and recommendations: prevention and intervention; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.