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Responses to homelessness – a qualitative, comparative perspective

Författare och institution:
Frida Petersson (Institutionen för socialt arbete)
Publicerad i:
Conference on social work research, May 23–24 2016, at the School of Social Work, Lund University,
Konferensbidrag - refereegranskat abstract
Sammanfattning (abstract):
In this paper I will present a planned research project. Bakground: Many European countries have in recent decades adopted national strategies to combat homelessness, and some of these are quite different, despite similar welfare policies. Furthermore, homelessness appears to increase. In this proposed study, the aim is to investigate if and how these diverse national homelessness strategies manifest themselves in the local practice that homeless people face in three big European cities. Purpose & aims: Through an ethnographic case study design, with cases located in Copenhagen,Glasgow and Gothenburg, the intention is to relate national homelessness policies to local homelessness practices in the research sites, highlighting similarities and differences between them, as well as across the three cities. A key question is whether, and if so in what ways, local practice – as enacted by social workers allocating support and housing to homeless clients – is actually different in the three cities. If this is the case, to what extent and in what respects can the difference be explained and understood with reference to the different national strategies to combat homelessness? Methodology: Data will be collected through qualitative methods: (1) focus group interviews with social workers who allocate housing and shelter, and (2) collecting and analysing written documents (policy guidelines, legislation, forms, guidelines, etc.). In the empirical analysis, interactive dimensions will be emphasised with a focus on how help and resources, such as support and shelter are allocated to homeless applicants, linking the macro-level of national and city policy and legislation, to the microlevel situation of individual lives. The expected outcome is an analysis that identifies challenges within the various homelessness systems and hence opens up for a possibility to improve both policy and practice.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Sociologi ->
Socialt arbete
homelessness, qualitative, comparative methodology
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2016-06-08 12:53

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