From long-term homelessness to stable housing: Investigating liminality

Chamberlain, C and Johnson, G 2019, 'From long-term homelessness to stable housing: Investigating liminality', Housing Studies, vol. 33, no. 8, pp. 1246-1263.


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Title From long-term homelessness to stable housing: Investigating liminality
Author(s) Chamberlain, C
Johnson, G
Year 2019
Journal name Housing Studies
Volume number 33
Issue number 8
Start page 1246
End page 1263
Total pages 18
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Abstract This paper uses the term 'liminality' to refer to the experience of feeling like an outsider when people are transitioning from one housing status (long-term homelessness) to another (housed). Three dimensions of liminality are identified: 'material', 'relational' and 'psychological'. The material dimension covers how people feel about their housing and whether they find it difficult to make the transition from homeless to housed. The relational dimension focuses on whether people are able to rebuild relations with family and friends. The psychological dimension includes how people deal with the stigma of homelessness. The paper demonstrates that most people can overcome the material dimension of liminality if they are given appropriate support, but they find it more difficult to overcome the relational and psychological dimensions of liminality. We conclude that moving on from long-term homelessness is not straightforward and we point to the policy implications of these findings.
Subject Social Policy
Keyword(s) homelessness
DOI - identifier 10.1080/02673037.2018.1424806
Copyright notice © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN 0267-3037
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