Negative cultural capital and homeless young people

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Barker, Justin. (2013) Negative cultural capital and homeless young people. Journal of Youth Studies. 16(3), pp. 358 - 374. https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2012.718434
AuthorsBarker, Justin
Abstract

This article examines the ways in which homeless young people find a sense of self-worth and dignity within the conditions of youth homelessness. It notes that, while homeless young people seek a space where they do not feel marginalised and can attain a form of social status and cultural competence, they also engage in practices and acts of defiant independence that appear counter-productive and self-destructive. The author, utilising ethnographic research with homeless young people, including interviews, focus groups and participant observation over a 12-month period, finds that conventional concepts of cultural capital cannot explain this contradictory behaviour. He posits instead the concept of negative cultural capital as a way of explaining why homeless young people struggle for recognition in ways that collude in reinforcing their marginalisation.

Keywordsnegative cultural capital; homelessness; ethnography; marginalised youth
Year2013
JournalJournal of Youth Studies
Journal citation16 (3), pp. 358 - 374
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1469-9680
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2012.718434
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84876426718
Page range358 - 374
Research GroupInstitute of Child Protection Studies
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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