Hauntology: The emotional costs of social policy for mothers experiencing homelessness.

PARR, Sadie (2024). Hauntology: The emotional costs of social policy for mothers experiencing homelessness. Housing, Theory and Society.

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The article is concerned with the emotional effects of homelessness on women who are mothers. It develops a multi-disciplinary conceptualisation of ‘haunting’ to bring understanding to the ongoing grief and trauma associated with losing a home and children, and life within the liminal spaces of temporary accommodation. It explores how women’s embodied and affective experiences are not just responses to deeply distressing events, but inextricably intertwined with the unfurling of housing and child protection policies, sometimes long after a policy decision (eviction, child removal). Drawing on biographical research with 26 women, the article contributes new insights into both our limited understanding of women’s homelessness but also scholarly work that recognises the diffuse power of social policy and its harms. The article advances a novel understanding of women’s lived experience of homelessness by conceptualising and empirically investigating the emotional effects of policy decisions as hauntings that permeate past, present and anticipated futures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1205 Urban and Regional Planning; 1604 Human Geography; 1608 Sociology; Urban & Regional Planning; 3304 Urban and regional planning; 4407 Policy and administration; 4410 Sociology
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/14036096.2024.2311428
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2024 15:38
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2024 11:15
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33099

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