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Title: Alternative understandings of homelessness in developing countries
Author: Speak, Suzanne
Awarding Body: University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
Current Institution: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis explores urban homelessness in developing countries in a context of urban and economic policy which increasingly distances itself from the poor and marginalises them from the urban arena. Although the work focuses on the topic of homelessness, it raise and answer broader questions about the role of the values inherent in politics, neo-liberal ideology, international development and a range of governmental and non-governmental institutions in causing and conditioning urban homelessness in developing countries. The work grows from an original study of homelessness in nine developing countries, funded by DfID (henceforth this will be referred to as the DfID study) and further subsequent work over ten years. The DfID study was not predicated upon any specific definition or theories of homelessness. Rather, it sought to explore a range of definitions, causes, experiences and interventions around homelessness from a grounded theory approach. From the outset, the work accepted that a range of housing and shelter / shelterlessness situations might constitute homelessness in different contexts. Importantly, the study did not intend to compare homelessness in developing countries with that in industrialised countries. To do so would have been irrelevant as the institutional contexts are so radically different. The thesis argues that we need to find ways to re-conceptualise the phenomenon of homelessness if we are to try to reduce and prevent it. Here I present a body of work which forms a base from which to undertake that re-conceptualisation. The purpose of this statement is to draws out several conceptual themes which have grown out of the research. The publications were written as individual outputs and were not originally linked by any overriding theoretical farming. Thus, the idea of reconceptualising homelessness is not necessarily directly expressed in the submitted works. Therefore, this statement also severs to present the chronology of ideas - the 'journey' I undertook - and the way in which the publications act as a series of 'stepping stones' in the conceptualising process. The statement also indicates how the ideas evolved and where their origins can be found in the publications.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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