Alternative cartographies of homelessness: rendering visible British women's experiences of 'visible' homelessness

Jon May, Paul Cloke, Sarah Johnsen

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    Abstract

    This article focuses on a group largely ignored by both geographers and feminist scholars of homelessness alike—the growing number of ‘visibly homeless’ women in Britain. Drawing on in-depth interviews with 19 ‘visibly homeless’ women, we delineate between four ‘alternative cartographies’ of homelessness, each articulating quite different gendered homeless identities. The article suggests that whilst it is important to recognise that women too suffer the exclusions of visible homelessness, it is also clear that the experience of visible homelessness differs for different women. Any attempt to respond to the (immediate) needs of such women necessitates a recognition rather than denial of these differences.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)121-140
    Number of pages20
    JournalGender Place and Culture
    Volume14
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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