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Kate Moss and Paramjit Singh

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447317098

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447317098.001.0001

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Towards a theory of women’s homelessness: social dysfunction theory

Towards a theory of women’s homelessness: social dysfunction theory

(p.21) Two Towards a theory of women’s homelessness: social dysfunction theory
Women Rough Sleepers In Europe

Kate Moss

Paramjit Singh

Policy Press

To date, few theories specific to women’s homelessness have been suggested. The numbers of homeless men in the UK and the rest of Europe are greater than those of women and therefore the majority of the current research and statistics on homelessness is more relevant to the concept of homelessness as experienced by men. However, our research demonstrates that homelessness for women has certain elements and characteristics that distinguish it from the homelessness of men and for this reason it seems logical to suggest that from this analysis, some theoretical framework should be proposed. This chapter will set out the current theories relating to homelessness, demonstrating how the findings of our research highlight certain unique features of the homelessness of women and consequently proposes that a new theory of ‘women’s homelessness’ should be based upon these findings.

Keywords:   homelessness, social exclusion unit report, the why factor, the what factor, the how factor, women’s homelessness, women’s homelessness in eu

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