'I’m the slice of pie that’s ostracised…'. Foucault’s technologies, and personal agency, in the voice of women who are homeless, Adelaide, South Australia

Parker, S. and Fopp, R. (2004) 'I’m the slice of pie that’s ostracised…'. Foucault’s technologies, and personal agency, in the voice of women who are homeless, Adelaide, South Australia. Housing, Theory and Society, 21(4), pp. 145-154. (doi:10.1080/14036090410011415)

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Abstract

In contrast to the international research (particularly in the United Kingdom and North America), much of the Australian literature regarding homelessness to date omits the perspective of people who are homeless. In contributing to the fledgling Australian literature in the field, the following article adopts a secondary approach to the data analysis of original research. When analysed, the voices of homeless women from an agency in Adelaide, South Australia exhibit elements of both Foucault's technologies of domination and the self. While the results show that the women do have a powerful sense of the broader external issues exerted on them (reflecting both technologies of domination and the self), the analysis also reveals ambiguities in their responses. Apparent in the voice of homeless women is a sense of personal agency which appears to be absent in Foucault's technologies. By considering the viewpoints of homeless women, various policy implications can also be drawn. Indeed, this is one of the motivations of the article, namely to inject into policy debate and development the voices of the people most adversely affected by it. The policy implications of the women's voices centre around the desire to be included rather than remain on the margins, the need for supportive relationships, the necessity to take small steps to independent living, and the need for more affordable, independent housing.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Parker, Stephen
Authors: Parker, S., and Fopp, R.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:Housing, Theory and Society
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1403-6096
ISSN (Online):1651-2278

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