Changing homelessness services: Revanchism, 'professionalisation' and resistance

Lisa Scullion, Peter Somerville, Philip Brown, Gareth Morris

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This paper argues that the increasing international salience of homelessness can be partially explained by reference to the revanchist thesis (involving processes of coerced exclusion and abjection), but the situation on the ground is more complex. It reports on interviews with 18 representatives of 11 homelessness service providers in one city in England. As Cloke et al. found, these providers tended to be either larger, more 'professional', 'insider' services or smaller, more 'amateur', 'outsider' services. However, this does not mean that the former were necessarily more revanchist and the latter less so. Rather, the actions of both types of organisation could, in some cases, be construed as both advancing and counteracting a revanchist project.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-427
Number of pages9
JournalHealth and Social Care in the Community
Issue number4
Early online date1 Dec 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes


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