Svetlana Stephenson's Crossing the Line: Vagrancy, Homelessness and Social PDF

By Svetlana Stephenson

This pioneering ebook is the 1st to discover the reports of homeless humans in Russia within the past due Soviet interval and through post-socialist transition. via their very own tales, it introduces us to the hidden global of vagrants, itinerant staff and the road homeless - roofless humans dwelling at the streets, in cellars, within the lofts of condo blocks, in teach stations, in garbage dumps or in holes underground. utilizing in-depth biographical interviews, Svetlana Stephenson records the tactics in their displacement; the suggestions they undertake for survival and development social bonds; and the boundaries which block their get away from homelessness. those narratives are positioned inside of a framework of theoretical views on social and spatial exclusion; interplay among area and social id, and the regimes of cost and social keep watch over. The structural motives of homelessness are mentioned, including the criminological, criminal and professional discourses that built vagrants and the homeless as 'social waste' within the Soviet and post-Soviet sessions. Stephenson advances our figuring out of homelessness as an severe case of social-territorial displacement, and units out its explanations and its person outcomes in the better social and political context. She means that through the use of the concept that of displacement, rather in a historic standpoint, it's attainable to higher comprehend the ways that social platforms produce marginality and homelessness.

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