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Young people and homelessness: place-making and home in hostels

Hoolachan, Jennifer ORCID: and Howell, Matt 2024. Young people and homelessness: place-making and home in hostels. Wyn, Johanna, Cahill, Helen and Cuervo, Hernan, eds. Handbook of Children and Youth Studies, Singapore: Springer, pp. 1-14. (10.1007/978-981-4451-96-3_103-1)

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Youth homelessness has received significant policy attention for decades, with substantial efforts made to understand its causes and, in turn, to implement preventative measures or find alternative housing. In countries such as the UK, hostels are commonly used to accommodate homeless young people with the aim of this being a short-term measure until a long-term, suitable option is found. Hostels vary in size, facilities, support, rules, and conditions but what they all have in common is their temporary nature which can create precarious circumstances for their young residents. This precarity creates a limbo-like situation in which young people find themselves living somewhere that is not their home but within which they may attempt to create a home-like atmosphere. In this chapter we use the phrase ‘place-making’ to capture this tension and we explore young people’s experiences of place-making and home within the context of homeless hostels. We do so by drawing on existing evidence including our own ethnographic research.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: In Press
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 978-981-4451-96-3
Date of Acceptance: 3 February 2023
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2024 16:30

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