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The NewDay Project: Sociological reflections on recurrent and entrenched homelessness and its possible solutions

The NewDay Project: Sociological reflections on recurrent and entrenched homelessness and its possible solutions

Mann, Sally (2019) The NewDay Project: Sociological reflections on recurrent and entrenched homelessness and its possible solutions. In: Methodological Innovations, 1 April 2019, University of Plymouth. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper interrogates the experience of entrenched homelessness and what it takes to transition to settled living. Drawing on five years ethnographic research, focus groups and an extended walking interview I explore how cultures of homelessness shape an individual’s ability to resettle in mainstream society. Transition happens within a complex matrix of social relationships and the ‘push’ and ‘pull’ factors of community affiliation. This involves navigating through a period of liminal identity; a vulnerable time where divestment is likely. Success is made more possible within a community project which fosters a culture of respect and reciprocity; where kindness and long-term, invested relationships can exert sustained ‘pull factors’ and offer new affiliations and identities. This paper tests existing knowledge against the findings of a case study, the NewWay Project, highlighting the experiences of reciprocity and the practices which encourage reconnection to community and place.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Keynote)
Uncontrolled Keywords: homelessness, transition, community project
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Applied Sociology Research Group
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of History, Politics & Social Sciences
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2019 05:47
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/23453

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