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Re-Conceptualizing "Contributing" Homelessness and Unpaid Labour in a Neo-Liberal Climate

Re-Conceptualizing "Contributing" Homelessness and Unpaid Labour in a Neo-Liberal Climate

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Title: Re-Conceptualizing "Contributing" Homelessness and Unpaid Labour in a Neo-Liberal Climate
Author: Choy, Mary Rebecca
Abstract: The goal of this research was to challenge notions of “contributing” in active citizen discourse. This was done by exploring how individuals experiencing homelessness give back to their communities while surviving through social exclusion and life on the streets. Twelve semi-structured interviews were conducted with individuals who experienced homelessness between the ages of 40-64. This research found that respondents gave back to others through various forms of labour in ways that were mutually beneficial. Contributing to the well being of others helped respondents to cope with homelessness by gaining opportunities, resources, information, networks and developing a sense of well being, confidence or support. The findings suggest a need to re-conceptualize “contributing” in ways that recognize alternative forms of citizenship activities and participation. By doing so, all people, including people without homes, can be recognized as contributing citizens in their communities.
Subject: Sociology
Social work
Social research
Keywords: Homelessness
Contributions
Neo-liberalism
Unpaid labour
Social reproduction
Feminist political economy
Volunteerism
Labour
Social exclusion
Marginalization
Poverty
Reciprocity
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/29932
Supervisor: Gazso, Amber M.
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Program: Sociology
Exam date: 2014-11-12
Publish on: 2015-08-28

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