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‘Values’ as a tool for conceptualising homelessness in the global south

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Suzanne Speak



Much of our conceptual understanding of homelessness is derived from studies underpinned by ideas and definitions developed in, and for, the industrialised world. It appears inadequate to help us address the growing phenomenon of homelessness in the Global South. Moreover, with a few exceptions literature on homelessness in the Global South tends to present good empirical understanding but to shy away from reconceptualising. We need, therefore, to build a new conceptual framework through which to understand homelessness in the Global South. Drawing on empirical research, this paper explores homelessness in the Global South through the window of ‘values’. It does so in an attempt to understand why some people fall foul of the major social, political and economic changes which are perceived to be the driving force behind homelessness while others do not. It also seeks to make some sense of why homelessness and homeless people are perceived differently in different locations.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Speak S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Habitat International

Year: 2013

Volume: 38

Pages: 143-149

Print publication date: 01/04/2013

Date deposited: 14/05/2012

ISSN (print): 0197-3975

ISSN (electronic): 1873-5428

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2012.05.009


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