Homeless women, material objects and home (un)making

MCCARTHY, Lindsey (2019). Homeless women, material objects and home (un)making. Housing Studies.

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There is a growing body of literature that attests that self-articulation is carried out through the building, decorating and arranging of home. This, for the most part, has tended to overly focus on inhabitants of private, secure and permanent housing. Addressing a gap in literature and theory, this article explores the possibilities of homemaking for the growing sections of society in insecure housing or homelessness situations—for whom housing is neither stable, secure nor a necessarily positive entity. It does so by drawing on in-depth interviews and participant-produced photographs from women accessing homelessness services in the North of England. Of interest here is how homeless women relate to, engage with and use material culture (objects, possessions and the physical dwelling) to simultaneously make and unmake home. The article subsequently offers a new empirical focus for material culture studies which has so far largely neglected the experiences of marginalized groups.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1205 Urban and Regional Planning; 1402 Applied Economics; 1604 Human Geography; Urban & Regional Planning
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2019.1659235
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2019 09:10
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 14:15
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/24900

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