Women’s Homelessness in Europe

  • Paula Mayock
  • Joanne Bretherton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Joanne Bretherton, Paula Mayock
    Pages 1-12
  3. Historical Legacies, Cultural Images and Welfare States

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Eoin O’Sullivan
      Pages 15-40
    3. Joanne Bretherton, Lars Benjaminsen, Nicholas Pleace
      Pages 75-102
  4. Issues, Challenges and Solutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Paula Mayock, Joanne Bretherton, Isabel Baptista
      Pages 127-154
    3. Judith Wolf, Isobel Anderson, Linda van den Dries, Maša Filipovič Hrast
      Pages 155-178
    4. Linda van den Dries, Paula Mayock, Susanne Gerull, Tessa van Loenen, Bente van Hulst, Judith Wolf
      Pages 179-208
    5. Nicholas Pleace, Joanne Bretherton, Paula Mayock
      Pages 209-233
    6. Magdalena Mostowska, Sarah Sheridan
      Pages 235-263
    7. Paula Mayock, Joanne Bretherton
      Pages 265-285
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 287-295

About this book


This book marks a critical contribution in assessing and extending the evidence base on the causes and consequences of women’s homelessness. Drawing together work from Europe’s leading homelessness scholars, it presents a multidisciplinary and comparative analysis of this acute social problem, including its relationship with domestic violence, lone parenthood, motherhood, health and well-being and women’s experience of sustained and recurrent homelessness. Working from diverse perspectives, the authors look at the responses to women’s homelessness in differing cultures and regions, and within various forms of welfare states. They focus in particular on relating the gender dimensions of welfare and social policy to women’s experiences when they become homeless. This innovative and timely edited volume will appeal to students and scholars of sociology, social policy, anthropology, and gender and women’s studies, along with international policy-makers.


Housing Gender Inequality Comparative research Social policy Domestic violence Lone parenthood Motherhood Health and well-being

Editors and affiliations

  • Paula Mayock
    • 1
  • Joanne Bretherton
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Social Work and Social PolicyTrinity College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.Centre for Housing PolicyUniversity of YorkYorkUnited Kingdom

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