ebook Homes of the Homeless - Inga B. Kuźma

Homes of the Homeless

The book presents the image of home as experienced and expressed by the men and women who are affected by the crisis of homelessness and live in specialized institutions. The author presents her own experience in carrying out research in total institutions and, above all, she focuses on describing and interpreting the stories of people from homeless centers who speak about the ups and downs of their lives. The researcher draws her attention on the stereotypically idealised image of home, which shows its real face when it is seen as a social construct, taking into account the gender perspective as well as other cultural and individual contexts. The book is addressed to people who have a social sensibility; to people working with and for the men and women who are affected by the homelessness crisis; who work and/or managed the aid centers and who are also the volunteers in different type of institutions and associations addressed for the people in need; to the students of social and humanistic science.1. Anthropological Studies on Predicaments and Crises: Homelessness and ‘Homefulness’ 7 2. Home in Cultural and Social Studies 23 2.1. Phenomenology of Home 25 2.2. Home across History 26 2.3. Housing Studies 30 2.4. Gender Perspectives in Home Studies 33 3. Life at Institutions 41 3.1. Historical Reality 41 3.2. Contemporary Institutions from Within 52 3.2.1. Order, Hygienic Regime, and Search for Intimacy 55 3.2.2. Panopticism in a Total Institution 70 3.2.3. Dwelling in an Institution 77 4. Life Stories: The Experience of ‘Homefulness’ and Homelessness 83 5. Conclusion: Need for Further Research and Need for a Change 187 6. References 197

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