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Title: Making better lives : home making among homeless people in Paris
Author: Lenhard, Johannes Felix
ISNI:       0000 0004 7228 0486
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2018
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How do homeless people make homes on the street? Over two years of fieldwork in Paris, I observed the daily practices and routines of people who are sleeping rough. How do they earn money through begging? What factors do they consider when finding and making shelters? I followed people through different institutional settings – a homeless day centre, a needle exchange, a centre for people with alcohol problems and ultimately also a homeless shelter – on their way away from the street always documenting the conflicts between their short term – drugs and alcohol – and long term hopes. I observed the ways which they were supported by assistants socials and other institutional actors in their struggle to create spaces of reflective freedom. I argue that their efforts were about home making and as such about making a better life first on and then away from the street.
Supervisor: Laidlaw, James Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Homelessness ; Anthropology ; Inequality ; Good Life