Introduction: Definitions, Neglected Issues and Pre-War Position

  • Jamie HardingEmail author


Homelessness is a difficult concept to define and quantify, although there is an emerging consensus about the situations that the term should apply to. The relationship between homelessness and broad inequalities, such as those around gender and ethnicity, is an area where there has been surprisingly little research. In considering the period before World War II, the approach to homeless people was largely based on assumptions that they were deviant. During the war, new services were made available for people who became homeless due to bombing and a consensus emerged that local authorities should have a major role in tackling the housing shortages once the conflict was over.


Defining homelessness Quantifying homelessness Inequalities Victorian era World War II 


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  1. 1.Northumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK

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