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Homelessness and the Politics of Social Exclusion

Homelessness and the Politics of Social Exclusion

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March 2005 | 226 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"Homelessness is not one problem, but many different kinds of problems involving many different kinds of people, each of them homeless for different reasons or who have become homeless in different ways… Among the homeless of today are men, women, children, and whole families; victims of domestic violence and male abandonment; young, middle-aged, and elderly; veterans; illegal immigrants; persons of every ethnic description; people who are homeless for strictly economic reasons; others who are homeless because they drink and drug too much; the lucid and the deranged; and on through a long list…."


                                                James Wright

                                                University of Central Florida


Bringing together international perspectives from sociology, political science, public policy, criminology, urban studies, adolescent research, and social work, this fascinating April 2005 issue of American Behavioral Scientist (ABS), entitled Homelessness and the Politics of Social Exclusion focuses on pioneering research about how the homeless are marginalized in societies around the world and the consequences of this social exclusion. 


Based on presentations at the American Sociological Association's 2003 Annual Meeting, the authors of this unique volume discuss:


  • Why the characteristics of both Los Angeles and Berlin homeless populations are similar despite different welfare systems and public policies (von Mahs)
  • How staff create, sustain, and escalate conflict in a drop-in center for street kids (Joniak)
  • Structural changes in Japanese society and the recent growth of homelessness (Hasegawa)
  • The risks and conditions of semipermanent makeshift housing such as RVs (Wakin)
  • Whether the presence of homeless persons near or in residential areas is a mark of encroaching urban disorder that undermines neighborhood quality and engenders fear among neighborhood residents (Farrell)
  • Marginality and criminal victimization among homeless people (Lee and Schreck)
  • The complex relationships between homeless women and their intimate partners (Wesley and Wright)
  • How peer networks affect substance abuse among newly homeless adolescents (Rice, Milburn, Rotherham-Borus, Mallett, and Rosenthal)
  • Negotiating rules, power and social control within an emergency youth shelter (Armaline

Whether the original cause of a person's homelessness is economic, social, cultural or political, homelessness carries a stigma  This absorbing issue of American Behavioral Scientist offers new ways of observing this global social problem and should be included in every sociology, social work, and political science library!


James D. Wright
Introduction: Homelessness and the Politics of Social Exclusion
Jürgen von Mahs
The Sociospatial Exclusion of Single Homeless People in Berlin and Los Angeles
Elizabeth A. Joniak
Exclusionary Practices and the Delegitimization of Client Voice: How Staff Create, Sustain, and Escalate Conflict in a Drop-In Center for Street Kids
Miki Hasegawa
Economic Globalization and Homelessness in Japan
Michele Wakin
Not Sheltered, Not Homeless: RVs as Makeshifts
Chad R. Farrell
Sharing Neighborhoods: Order and Disorder in Homeless-Domiciled Encounters
Barrett A. Lee and Christopher J. Schreck
Danger on the Streets: Marginality and Victimization Among Homeless People
Jennifer K. Wesely and James D. Wright
The Pertinence of Partners: Examining Intersections Between Women’s Homelessness and Their Adult Relationships
Eric Rice, Norweeta G. Milburn, Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Shelley Mallett, and Doreen Rosenthal
The Effects of Peer Group Network Properties on Drug Use Among Homeless Youth
William T. Armaline
"Kids Need Structure": Negotiating Rules, Power, and Social Control in an Emergency Youth Shelter

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ISBN: 9781412938075