Homeless Women in Public Spaces: Strategies of Resistance

Rionach Casey, Rosalind Goudie, Kesia Reeve*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This paper explores homeless women's use of public spaces and buildings in England. In doing so it problematises the spatial boundaries typically presented in the literature and research which suggest homeless women are largely confined to institutional or private spaces of homelessness. The paper argues that homeless women also use highly visible public spaces and semi-private spaces, and that these practices can be conceptualised in terms of resistance. Homeless women challenge the rules associated with occupying public spaces that either directly or tacitly exclude them, and they engage in identity work to resist being labelled as homeless.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)899-916
Number of pages18
JournalHousing Studies
Volume23
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Homelessness
  • gender
  • public space
  • resistance
  • identity
  • BUILT ENVIRONMENT
  • CITY
  • EXPERIENCES
  • IDENTITY
  • WOMAN
  • FEAR

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