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Walking, welfare and the good city

Hall, Thomas Adrian ORCID: and Smith, Robin James ORCID: 2011. Walking, welfare and the good city. Anthropology in Action 18 (3) , pp. 33-44. 10.3167/aia.2011.180304

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This article considers welfare and the city and the ways in which pedestrian practices combine in the management and production of urban need and vulnerability as manifest in the experience and supervision of urban homelessness. The article combines writings on urban maintenance and repair with recent anthropological work on wayfaring (in which cities seldom figure). Fieldwork undertaken with rough sleepers, welfare workers and city managers in the city of Cardiff , Wales, provides the empirical basis. The main body of the article is organized around three walks through the centre of Cardiff with individuals variously implicated in care, repair and welfare in the city. In closing we assert the importance of a politics of street welfare in city space.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Uncontrolled Keywords: City; homelessness; public realm; walking; wayfaring; welfare repair
Publisher: Berghahn
ISSN: 0967-201X
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 10:46

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