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The Discourse of Consumer Choice in the Pathways Housing First Model

Författare och institution:
Cecilia Hansen Löfstrand (Institutionen för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap); Kirsi Juhila (-)
Publicerad i:
European Journal of Homelessness, 6 ( 2 ) s. 47-68
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
This article focuses on the discourse of consumer choice produced in the Pathways Housing First (PHF) model manual. Relying on Foucauldian discourse analysis, the discourse is examined as embedded in a wider societal discursive formation – an advanced liberal way of governing subjects. The discourse is formed from seven statements organized in relation to each other: 1) emphasizing clients’ own choices is an alternative to traditional professional care, 2) clients are capable of making their own choices, 3) choice-making strengthens clients’ self-determination and individual mastery, 4) more choice oppor tunities increase clients’ motivation and commitment and lead to recovery, 5) choice does not mean absolute choice – certain limits exist, 6) efforts are made to reduce risks related to choices, but repeated failures diminish client choices, and 7) ‘never-ending’ failures might mean the end of clienthood in the PHF programme. The discourse echoes the ethos of advanced liberalism; subjects are governed to make them responsible choicemakers with the main aim being the achievement of ‘recovered’ people. Clients whose choices are repeatedly regarded as wrong, and whose recovery processes are accordingly considered unsuccessful, risk being excluded from the PHF programmes and forced into a position where individual choicemaking is no longer possible.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Sociologi ->
Sociologi (exklusive socialt arbete, socialpsykologi och socialantropologi)
Sociologi ->
Socialt arbete
homelessness, housing first, consumer choice, responsibilization, advanced liberalism, discourse analysis
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Posten skapad:
2013-01-09 11:06
Posten ändrad:
2013-01-18 15:17

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