A habitus of instability: Youth homelessness and instability

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Barker, Justin David. (2016) A habitus of instability: Youth homelessness and instability. Journal of Youth Studies. 19(5), pp. 665 - 685. https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2015.1098772
AuthorsBarker, Justin David
Abstract

This research introduces the concept of a habitus of insecurity to account for the lives of homeless young people. It outlines how conditions of existence are internalised and how homeless young people come to expect and in turn recreate instability in their lives. This research addresses the internalisation and naturalisation of experiences of instability, insecurity and marginalisation and how people can come to subjectively aspire to what they are socialised to see as objectively probable or ‘for the likes of them'. The research draws on ethnographic research and participant observation to examine the complex lives of homeless young people and how they are shaped by instability and insecurity inculcated before, during and after experiences of homelessness. This research highlights that people should not be defined merely by their experiences of homelessness of housing status, but by the complex array of conditions that shape their lives.

KeywordsHomelessness; ethnography; habitus; Bourdieu
Year2016
JournalJournal of Youth Studies
Journal citation19 (5), pp. 665 - 685
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1367-6261
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2015.1098772
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84945249544
Page range665 - 685
Research GroupInstitute of Child Protection Studies
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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