Homelessness and Modern Urban Loneliness

Sandra Costa Santos

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This theory-grounded chapter adopts the thesis that when the ‘unwilling’ homeless reject shelter, the apparent paradox of staying in the cold uncovers a desire to confront loneliness. In order to discuss this assumption, the chapter critically reviews both sociological and philosophical literature under the framework of structuration theory. The chapter concludes offering an alternative reading of homelessness as an ontological crisis characterised by loneliness, thus problematizing constructions of homelessness as individual failure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNarratives of Loneliness: multidisciplinary perspectives from the 21st century
EditorsOlivia Sagan, Eric Miller
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages242
ISBN (Print)9781138183827
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sept 2017

Publication series

NameExplorations in Mental Health
PublisherTaylor & Francis


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