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Homelessness and rurality: exploring connections in local spaces of rural England

Cloke, Paul, Milbourne, Paul ORCID: and Widdowfield, Rebekah 2001. Homelessness and rurality: exploring connections in local spaces of rural England. Sociologia Ruralis 41 (4) , pp. 438-453. 10.1111/1467-9523.00193

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Homelessness remains a neglected component of rural studies in Britain and Europe. Research has tended to skirt around the subject, focusing either on groups in need located within rural housing markets or on those people experiencing rural poverty living within conventional properties. In this paper we want to connect homelessness with rurality by drawing on key findings from recently completed research on rural homelessness in England. We want to make connections between homelessness and rurality in two main ways. Firstly, given the limited knowledge base on rural homelessness, we set out the overall extent and profile of homelessness in rural England based on an analysis of unpublished official statistics. We also highlight how homelessness in rural England is bound up with a great deal of spatial unevenness and suggest that it is through localized investigation that important connections between homelessness and rurality can be best understood. In the second part of the paper, we draw on findings from local research conducted in two rural districts in Gloucestershire to provide a range of evidence that points to the significance of the local spaces of rural homelessness. In particular, this work demonstrates the ways in which local structures of housing provision and socio-cultural and political processes in these districts impact on the nature and experiences of rural homelessness.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0038-0199
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:16

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