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“We’re all on the same boat, but we’re not the same passengers”: an exploration of the hidden and fragmented nature of the homeless subject

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“We’re all on the same boat, but we’re not the same passengers”: an exploration of the hidden and fragmented nature of the homeless subject

Kuate Defo, Zenas (2016) “We’re all on the same boat, but we’re not the same passengers”: an exploration of the hidden and fragmented nature of the homeless subject. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

The subject of homelessness is one that has been covered extensively in social scientific research. Yet, it continues to remain hidden and fragmented, even to those researchers who have had significant experience working with this population. Using a combination of anthropological methodologies – oral history, archival research, and participant observation –, the current research project examines some of the reasons for this fragmentation of the homeless subject matter, first through an examination of the changes in homelessness literature over time, then via examination of parallels to other homelessness research and the life history of one homeless individual, an exploration of the ways in which shelters impact the lives of those residing within them, and finally through reflection on the ways in which ‘experience’ informs homelessness research.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Kuate Defo, Zenas
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Social and Cultural Anthropology
Date:July 2016
Thesis Supervisor(s):Watson, Mark
ID Code:981472
Deposited By: ZENAS KUATE DEFO
Deposited On:08 Nov 2016 13:58
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:53
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