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, Stephen and Fopp, Rodney 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, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 145-154, doi: 10.1080/14036090410011415.

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Title 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
Author(s) Parker, Stephen
Fopp, Rodney
Journal name Housing, theory and society
Volume number 21
Issue number 4
Start page 145
End page 154
Total pages 10
Publisher Taylor & Francis A S
Place of publication Oslo, Norway
Publication date 2004
ISSN 1403-6096
1651-2278
Keyword(s) homelessness
Foucault
technologies of domination
technologies of the self
agency
voice of the homeless
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14036090410011415
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Taylor & Francis
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