Youth Homelessness in Late Modernity

Reflexive Identities and Moral Worth

  • David Farrugia

Part of the Perspectives on Children and Young People book series (PCYP, volume 1)

About this book


This book explores the identities, embodied experiences, and personal relationships of young people experiencing homelessness, and analyses these in relation to the material and symbolic position that youth homelessness occupies in modern societies. Drawing on empirical research conducted in both urban and rural areas, the book situates young people’s experiences of homelessness within a theoretical framework that connects embodied identities and relationships with processes of social change. The book theorises a ‘symbolic economy of youth homelessness’ that encompasses the subjective, aesthetic, and relational dimensions of homelessness. This theory shows the personal, interpersonal and affective suffering that is caused by the relations of power and privilege that produce contemporary youth homelessness. The book is unique in the way in which it places youth homelessness within the wider contexts of inequality, and social change. Whilst contemporary discussions of youth homelessness understand the topic as a discrete ‘social problem’, this book demonstrates the position that youth homelessness occupies within wider social processes, inequalities, and theoretical debates, addressing theories of social change in late modernity and their relationship to the cultural construction of youth. These theoretical debates are made concrete by means of an exploration of an important form of contemporary inequality: youth homelessness.


Homelessness in Australia Ulrich Beck Youth homelessness community development contemporary youth inequalities dimensions of identity diverse social and community backgrounds embodied identity geographical inequalities homelessness in rural communities interpersonal dimensions of homelessness narratives of homelessness practices of self-management reflexivity rural youth social change social policy social problems symbolic economy urban youth

Authors and affiliations

  • David Farrugia
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-287-684-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-287-685-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-2977
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-2985
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